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Excuses

Bible verses about excuses.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of making excuses for our actions, or lack thereof. Whether it's avoiding a difficult conversation or neglecting our responsibilities, we all have a tendency to come up with reasons why we shouldn't do what we know we need to do. However, excuses can hold us back from reaching our full potential and fulfilling our purpose. Here are ten Bible verses that will inspire you to be accountable and avoid making excuses.


"But he said, 'O Lord, please send someone else to do it.'" - Exodus 4:13

In this famous story, Moses makes excuses when God calls him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He tells God that he's not a good speaker and begs Him to send someone else. But we know that God equipped Moses for the task, and Moses ultimately succeeded in leading the Israelites to freedom. This verse reminds us that we shouldn't doubt God's plan for us, even if it seems scary or daunting.


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

As new creations in Christ, we are called to leave behind our old ways and live a life that reflects His love. Excuses are often rooted in our old habits and patterns, but this verse reminds us that we have the power to change and overcome our excuses through Christ.


"The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor." - Proverbs 12:24

This verse speaks to the importance of hard work and diligence, and reminds us that excuses will only lead to difficulty and hardships. When we are diligent and disciplined in our actions, we will be blessed and see success.


"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - James 1:22

As Christians, we are called to put our faith into action and live out the teachings of the Bible. This verse reminds us that it's not enough to simply know the word of God; we must also put it into practice and avoid the temptation to make excuses.


"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." - Luke 16:10

This verse speaks to the importance of being faithful in the small things, and reminds us that our actions have a ripple effect on all areas of our lives. If we make excuses and neglect the small things, we will struggle to be faithful in larger areas of our lives as well.


"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33

When we prioritize our relationship with God and seek His will above our own, we will be blessed and provided for. This verse reminds us that our excuses will only hold us back from the abundant life that God has for us.


"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3

When we commit our work and plans to the Lord, He will guide us and establish our paths. This verse reminds us that our excuses will only hinder us from achieving the plans that God has for us.


"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9

When we become tired or discouraged in our pursuit of Christ, it can be tempting to make excuses and give up. But this verse reminds us to persevere and stay faithful, knowing that our hard work will eventually pay off.


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

This verse is a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness to His people and His plans for their lives. When we trust in His plans and avoid making excuses, we will see the blessings and hope for the future that He has promised us.


"But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." - Job 23:10

Though we may face trials and obstacles, we can have faith that God is with us and will help us overcome. This verse reminds us that our excuses are often rooted in fear and doubt, but when we trust in God's plan and purposes, we will shine like gold.


Making excuses is a universal human tendency, but as Christians, we are called to rise above this tendency and live a life that is accountable and faithful to God's will. These ten Bible verses remind us of the importance of being diligent, disciplined, and faithful, and inspire us to avoid making excuses and trust in God's plan for our lives. When we do this, we will see the abundant life that He has in store for us.


Reflection Questions

How do you balance the importance of telling the truth and making excuses for your actions?

Is it ever acceptable to make an excuse for something you have done, or should we always aim to accept responsibility?

Are there any Biblical stories that involve someone excusing their behaviour?

How can Christians use excuses and be held accountable at the same time?


Don't forget to comment your favourite Bible verses in the comments on this topic!


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