The word rationalize can be defined as “rational lies.” When we sin and try to justify our actions, we’re deceiving ourselves. Our arguments may seem logical on the surface, but they’re not. They’re lies!
Here are seven lies about sin to stop telling yourself:
1. “I had no choice.”
The right choice is often difficult but never impossible. No person or circumstance can force you to sin. We always have a choice between right and wrong (Josh. 24:15).
2. “It was someone else’s fault.”
3. “My situation is unique.”
Someone, somewhere, sometime has experienced your exact temptation, or worse, and has overcome (1 Cor. 10:13). If they did, so can you. Remember Jesus.
4. “I’m covered by God’s grace.”
5. “I’m saved by faith alone, not by works.”
Salvation by faith doesn’t exclude the need for obedience, just the need for perfection. Faith without obedience is useless (Jas. 2:14-26); faith without repentance is too.
6. “Other people do far worse.”
Behaving better than the world is no accomplishment, nor is it the standard. The standard is God’s word (John 12:48).
7. “Brother so-and-so does it.”
Unfortunately, well-meaning Christians sometimes practice sin. Your brethren are fallible; Jesus isn’t. Follow His example above all others (1 Pet. 2:21).
There’s never an excuse for sin. When you sin, don’t lie to yourself. Own up to what you’ve done, confess it to God, and repent with a broken and a contrite heart (Psa. 51). This is the only path to restoration (1 John 1:8-10).