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The Self-Deception



"Nothing I say will justify what I did" is one of the most repeated phrases in recent times. It seems that it comes from a repentant person who humbly prefers not to explain himself, since his mistake was unacceptable. But what's wrong with that speech?


It is common knowledge that when we speak, we put out what is inside us, even when we talk nonsense, it came from the heart, so nothing, absolutely nothing, was by chance. So the Lord Jesus said:


"Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth..."

Matthew 15:11


What comes out of the mouth contaminates because it comes from the heart, and how a "good corrupt" he is, he lives at the expense of self-deception. Can you imagine the damage that the heart can do to us and through us in this branch that works?


When someone makes a mistake and prefers not to “justify themselves” using even biblical arguments that the one who justifies us is God, deep down he really does not want to expose himself, to say what is inside him. It is one thing for you to justify yourself when you are wronged, it is another thing for you to explain why you were unfair ...


A classic example is when there is betrayal. Whoever has been betrayed wants to know if the betrayer is really sorry and, therefore, needs to know what is going on in his heart. But how many betrayers use the same excuses: "I was weak", "it happened already, now we have to look ahead", "making mistakes is human". What he does not know is that in fact he is giving himself the chance to make mistakes again, after all, he was just "weak" ...


When a person truly repents, he recognizes where he fell. The repentant betrayer, for example, would say as King David said: "I was a bad character, I am not worthy of a second chance!" And not only will you be subject to any crumb of mercy that you are given, but you will cling to it tooth and nail.


But who wants to be ashamed? They prefer to pretend to have fallen "unintentionally" and buy time to delve deeper into the shamelessness.


Mrs. Cristiane Cardoso

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