How Did I Get Here?

Free Agency

Free Agency

How do we try to justify disobedience to the Lord’s commandments? Do we ever use these rationalizations? “It’s just a little sin.” “I’m obeying the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law.” “It won’t hurt anyone.” “I’ll try it just once.” “Other people are doing it.” “That commandment doesn’t apply to me.” Or even this rationalization so prevalent today, “It’s not wrong anymore. Today’s standard has progressed beyond those old-fashioned laws.” But God’s laws aren’t negotiable or open to popular vote. They stand today as they did in ancient times. The example of Saul and David in the Bible can teach me. Both men were obedient and effective leaders for a while, but because of choices to break the commandments, they fell from grace and power. They justified their actions and tried to cover their mistakes, making things even worse. Their happiness was profoundly affected by poor choices. I want to avoid a similar pitfall, so I ask myself, “How can I overcome the tendency to excuse or justify sin?” The answer is simple. The path leading to happiness is always to rely upon the unlimited wisdom and direction of the Lord, as these words of a favorite hymn illustrate: “Keep the commandments; in this there is safety and peace.”

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