While there are certainly many factors that are used to explain sin in our lives, and while we can build a case that these theories certainly contribute to the struggle we have with sin. We must understand that the true reason for our sin grows out of our sinful hearts. To overcome that battle I must recognize my actions as inappropriate (sinful) and confess them before the Lord (1 John 1:9). I must fight off the temptation to excuse my sinful behavior, because:
1. That is just the way I am
2. My parents or environment makes me this way.
3. I am a victim of my circumstances or environment
4. The devil MADE me do it.
I need to take responsibility for y life and actions, and do not allow myself to choose sinful behavior, justifying it because it is not my fault. Remember Jesus said in Matthew 15:19-20 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man,…..” I do what I do, because I want what I want. I am not defined by my past, nor must I allow the past to cause me to make decisions in the present. I must allow my past to be a catalyst for growth and development in the present to help shape the future.