The Danger of Rationalizing

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. - Proverbs 10:7
 
Beware when you find yourself rationalizing your actions. Ultimately, you will be trapped by your own deceit and unable to receive any direction from the Lord.
 
Most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves rationalizing something we’re not quite comfortable with. It’s not so much the act of rationalizing, as it is the refusal to receive correction in this area that will get you in trouble.
 
In Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, a man by the name of Mark Spotz was put on trial for the murder of his brother. Spotz adamantly denied killing his brother, saying, ‘He didn’t die until he got to the hospital. In my mind, killing someone is taking a life willfully. I didn’t do that. I shot my brother and he died. I didn’t kill him.” 
 
Do you see how clouded your mind can become when you give in to what you know is wrong, and then allow yourself to justify it?
 
Rationalization is a ticking “time bomb”. If you rationalize inappropriate actions, at some point you may find yourself as deluded as this poor fellow in Texas. 
 
“O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!” - Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.