“Not my fault” is heard in endless variations. “He hit me first.” “If she hadn’t done x, I wouldn’t have…” “It wasn’t me.” “It was her fault.” “It was his fault.” “If only I had had (this resource, this experience, this teacher, these parents)…” “If the car owner had locked his car…”
Blaming rather than taking responsibility is a huge issue in personal relationships. And in personally growing…or not.
AND WITH GOD!
Failing to take responsibility is spiritually fatal.
John the Baptist: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 3:2)
Jesus: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)
Repentance starts when we are honest. When blame-shifting ends. Repentance requires admission of our own sinfulness, and our own failure to meet God’s requirements.
Repentance and belief function together. A person who doesn’t believe in God wouldn’t have a reason to repent. A person who believes in God knows they must repent.
Jesus called us to repent and follow Him. We wouldn’t follow without belief in Him.
Following Him means we become life-long repenters.
IT IS OUR FAULT. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Father, help us see where we have sinned, where we need to take responsibility, where we need to repent. Help us walk in a manner worthy of You.
See also Not My Fault!