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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: Do you ever find yourself playing the blame game?
Woman 1: If I had a different husband, I think I could be a much better wife.
Woman 2: Once things slow down at work, then I’ll be more patient at home.
Nancy: David in the Old Testament is a model for us of what it means to accept responsibility for sin. Psalm 51 is his prayer of repentance. Notice how he doesn’t blame anyone else for his sin. He says,
Have mercy on me, O God . . . blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight (vv. 1–4, ESV).
Would you ask God to show you any sin in your heart? Then, instead of blaming others, pray with David, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (v. 7).
With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.
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