Gen. 2:15-17 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden … But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.
”Gen. 3:8-13 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
It is so easy to blame others for what you do or do not do. Here we see that Adam and Eve did everything they could to avoid taking responsibility for their own sin. Adam blamed blamed God then he blamed his wife, “it was you who gave me this woman and she gave me the fruit” Eve did not accept responsibility but turned and blamed the serpent: “The serpent deceived me”. God ignores our excuses for our sins and we live with the consequences of our sins.
Too often in life we blame others for our choices. Too often I hear people blaming their Parents, their friends, their culture, their personality, their spouse, their work, their manager. I hear people blaming God because they did not having sufficient time to do all they want to do. It is common in our society for people to be blaming the Church or the Pastor as being at fault because the church does not have the things they want like a different worship time, a children’s program, a worship service in their language. People blame the Pastor or the church for not being a bigger church, a church with more activities, being a church more like the church they have gone to in the past.
The quickness of blaming others is an indication that we have not fully and genuinely repented of our sin, our lack of being obedient to God and what God is asking us to do. Yes our excuses are plentiful and our quickness to complain is deafening, making it impossible to be free of our own sins. Yet despite all this God still makes restoration available. It is free. The only thing it cost is our pride. Our willingness to surrender our will to God. Restoration and forgiveness can not happen until we accept full responsibility for our actions, our sins our own actions.
John writes how we can have this freedom and live a life that is free from guilt and shame, free to live without this sin issue always pulling us down.
1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness".
Your 1st step acknowledge and take responsibility for your own sins, your own actions. Your 2nd step is ask God and then ask others for forgiveness. Only when you you do both steps, then you will you be free to receive God’s forgiveness and you will on the path to spiritual maturity.