Justifying Our Actions and Behaviors

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Your Beliefs Don't Make You A Better Person Your Behavior DoesThere is a verse of scripture in the Bible, in Matthew 7:1, which reads, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The verses in Matthew 7:2-3 expound upon this warning. We read,

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

In my daily walk, I have come across people who love to quote Matthew 7:1 in particular, but it seems that they only use that verse as a means of camouflaging their sometimes scandalous actions and behaviors. Yes, that verse is talking about not judging another, but there is a fine line between judging another, and making a careful observation and assessment of things.

It irritates me to no end when people take verses out of context to justify and rationalize their behavior. We need to pause for a moment and ask ourselves the million dollar question, “Are we taking scriptures out of context to try to hide behind the gospel to justify and rationalize our actions?” It has been my experience that he who knows much will be accountable for much. A person who takes scriptures out of context to justify behaving the way that he wants to behave instead of doing what he knows is right, doesn’t set real well with me. I have a saying that I govern my life by, “There’s no right way to do wrong.”

The simple truth of the matter is that no matter how much we think we know, continuing to do wrong after having the knowledge of what is the right thing to do, is not a ready defense in our case. The only verdict that can be rendered is “Guilty as charged!”  If we profess to know what the fulness of the gospel teaches, but yet we willingly continue to decide to do things that are contrary to those things taught, we will be held accountable for our actions and behaviors on the day of judgment.

We can have all the knowledge of gospel, but the million dollar question that we all need to ask ourselves is, “Am I doing the best that I can, to the best of my ability, to take responsibility for my actions and behaviors, and to apply what I know is the right thing to do?”

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Karylin Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.