The Blame Game

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Proverbs 12:19

When Mary and Emma’s mom saw the chewed up book, she confronted her girls. Mary quickly pointed the finger to her little sister Emma. Emma immediately replied that her cousin Jacob did it. Now to appreciate Emma’s response you must understand that cousin Jacob lived over 2,200 miles away and was still a baby without teeth! As you can imagine, mom had a hard time concealing a smile. 

The blame game has a long history.  Adam blamed Eve—she was the one who gave him the fruit. And he even blamed God. He basically said, “If you wouldn’t have put this woman here, this wouldn’t have happened!” Eve, of course, blamed the snake.

Do you find yourself often trying to shift blame? Blaming is easy, but there’s honor and redemption when you take responsibility for your faults.

“I praise loudly, I blame softly.”
- Catherine the Great (1729-1796)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.