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Who’s to blame?

June 17, 2017

Often when we hear expert analysis of a crime, the blame is put on someone else, or some events, rather than on the criminal.

“He came from a rough neighborhood.”

“Her parents wouldn’t let her date.”

“She wanted to give her kids more than her parents had given her.”

“No one really understood him.”

While it is true that our environment does effect our behavior, the Bible clearly teaches that each of us is responsible for our own actions. We are faced each day with a multitude of choices. The principles that we have learned from our parents and other teachers will guide us in our decision-making process.

However, you are responsible for your actions. I am responsible for mine.

Paul wrote the same to Timothy:

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:2).

Each of us has a choice. We can follow our youthful passions – do what makes us happy in the moment, follow our heart, chase our dreams.

Or we can pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace – choose to be obedient to God’s Word and his desires for us, rather than our own desires.

Paul even brings in the environment.

…along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

If we spend our time with others who are pursuing a godly life, we will be influenced to do the same. We will have resources available in the form of others who are striving after the same goals. They may have had to make the same decisions. They may have faced the same challenges. They can help find biblical solutions.

Environment does make a difference. Choose yours wisely.

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