Monday, October 08, 2012
Today’s Topic: My Response is My Responsibility
Today’s Text: Psalm 101:1-7 (NIV) I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I am so guilty of doing this wrong. I think you can probably relate. We are so guilty of making other people responsible for our choices. It starts when we are kids and we tell mommy that Susie made me do it. We quickly learn how fragile our assessment of self is, and we develop great skills at covering up anything that could potentially minimize that assessment. The easiest way to protect ourselves is to blame others and make them responsible for our responses.
I am dealing with that right now in a couple of serious situations with people. The worst part is that they refuse to see the reality of what they are doing. They are laying the foundation for continued sin by making other people responsible for causing it and by proclaiming that their future responses will be dictated by other people’s responses to their sin. My heart is so overloaded with the weight of this problem that I cannot sleep, yet as I lay awake in bed in the dark hours of the night I cannot help but make it personal and ask the Holy Spirit to show me how I do the same thing.
We blame a lot of things and people for our choices, don’t we? “I’m so down today because…” (finish the sentence with excuses like the weather, Packer loss, gas prices, politics, etc.) We blame people’s behavior for our anger, our rebellion, or distrust, and more. All such responsibility shifts are nothing more than a defense mechanism to cover up for a damaged value system that we created by previous choices we made. Yet our ego does not permit us to humble ourselves to the point of true repentance because we have chosen to see such humility as additional damage to our worth. So we blame others to protect ourselves, and the bondage increases.
It is obvious that we do not really believe that God exalts the humble, so we seek to exalt ourselves. It is apparent that we do not believe that Jesus Christ died to redeem us from the old nature of sin because we are unwilling to truly crucify it and experience His resurrection power. It is debilitating to our souls to not believe that God our Father can and will completely qualify us and stamp us with His approval if we will humble ourselves before Him. If we really believed all of these things, we would do them.
So today, I choose to make my response my responsibility. It does not matter to me any longer what is done to me, but only what is done by me. I choose to do only what honors my Lord and Savior, no matter how much personal pain and anguish it causes among men. God and God alone is the one who truly tests my heart. When I have sinned, I will not focus on the pain it has caused me, but with a truly repentant heart I will see the offense it was to God, and then His Holy Spirit will direct me to focus on how my sin affected others so I may humble myself before them as well. That is true repentance. Forgiveness cannot be granted without such repentance.
Today, I choose to follow the instructions of Psalm 101 which the Lord Jesus Christ gave to me this morning to refresh my spirit. May it serve to do the same for you.
Psalm 101:1-7 (NIV) I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. 2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life– when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
My response is my responsibility, and today I choose to respond to all things with praise to God accompanied by obedience to God so that I may have a blameless heart!