3 Words to Help You Avoid Self-Justifying Your Sins
BY PAUL TRIPP, CP GUEST COLUMNIST
October 6, 2013|10:30 am
There's not a day when by thought, word, desire, or action we fail to demonstrate that we're needy people. Maybe it's a thoughtless word of gossip. Maybe it's a flash of lust or envy. Maybe it's an ugly moment of irritation or anger. Perhaps it's a selfish choice that no one would notice.
Maybe it's bending the truth to your own advantage. Maybe it's an attitude of self-righteousness or pride. Maybe it's giving way to bitterness and subtle thoughts of vengeance. Somehow, someway, we all demonstrate that we're still in need of God's daily grace.
Now this need makes you spiritually vulnerable. First, it makes you vulnerable to SELF-ATONEMENT. That's when you make yourself feel okay about your sin. How do you do that? By telling yourself that what you did wasn't actually sin: