There are two different ways most of us use this word.
- When needing to get someones’s attention we use it politely, saying, “Excuse me please.”
- When we want to explain why we didn’t do something, we make an excuse.
Excuses we all have them, we all make them at some time in our lives, for things we should have done, could have done or wanted to do but didn’t.
Why do I not sit down and write more often? because I’m too busy, I am not inspired, I am not good enough, I need to find a paying job, I don’t feel well….. and the list can go on and on.
Why did I not spend more time with so and so when I had the chance? too busy, hard to get there, they were too busy….
Why did I not study more, take this course and not that one? Again the list of excuses can go on and on.
For the most part our excuses are explanations of how we percieved the situation and to defend ourselves against accusations.
Take for instance Adam and Eve. Eve made the excuse, “The snake made me do it.” Adam made the excuse, “The woman you gave me…”
Most of the time our excuses are blameshifting to someone else,
“She made me angry.”
“He told me to do it.”
I know I have said these kinds of things.
Getting down to the truth of excuses, Jesus said in John 15, that if he had not come and spoken to them (us), they (we) would have no sin , but now they (we) have no excuse for their (our) sin. Jesus came, he spoke and he still speaks today.
Paul in writing to the Corinthians, asked them if they thought they were making excuses, (or in some versions, defending) for themselves and their actions. ( 2 Corinthians 12)
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly see, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. “
Without EXCUSE for rejecting God, not glorifying Him as God and not being thankful.
Wow, we are without excuse for not being thankful. When was the last time I really thanked God for all that I have. Much too long.
We are so fickle we thank God for our food, but not for the trials that cause us to grow in His character. We thank God for the new shoes but not the chance to grow in trusting for that next need to be met.
Romans 1 also says we (man) exchanged truth for a lie…..is excuse making actually exchanging truth for a lie?
OH I can’t help, it is just the way I am. Does this sound like truth?
So, what is the truth about our excuses, can we help them or can we not?
In Romans God tells us we are without excuse, even though Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree we cannot hang on that and continue to blame them for our sin. It is our own sin. Excuses and blame shifting is no longer acceptable when we read that word, because God says we are without excuse. But the GOOD NEWS IS we are freed from this excuse factory, because we can come before God and confess our sins without fear because Jesus died to set us free, we are free from the excuse and blame shifting because Jesus is with us to help us do all we are to do and be all he created us to be. There are no more excuses left.
NO EXCUSES. NONE.
All we need is the grace to be humble and meek as Jesus is, so we can admit our faults, sins and shortcomings, have mercy on ourselves and one another and forgive then move on. NO EXCUSES.