What is Your Crime?

Often times, when children are asked if they have done something wrong, we get one of two responses. They either deny they did it, or admit to committing the “crime”, but blaming someone else for causing/forcing their actions. We may think that it is funny at that age, but we often will carry that same attitude into our adult lives. Acts chapter 12 has several stories in the chapter. It begins by teling us how Herod killed James, the Apostle, for his commitment to Jesus. Right after that, we read that Herod arrested Peter for the same “crime”. That night, while Peter was chained to 2 guards inside of a jail, with guards posted at each door and gate, an angel of the Lord came to Peter and freed him from his captivity! We are then told how Peter escaped and ran Mary’s house (Johns mother) and told the others.
The next morning, when the Herod learns of what has happened, his immediate response is to blame someone for what has happened. In Acts 12: 19 it tells us, “19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.”
In other words, Herod played the “blame game”. You know that game, it is the game we play when something occurs and we react by trying to place the blame on someone. Please understand that there are times when this is correct. People will take actions that will have consequences on those around them. There are other times, however, when it is our actions that will cause a consequence that will not be positive or beneficial to those around us. I see it in Christians that will either walk away from their faith or commit a sin. Too often, they will look to blame someone else for their actions, but fail to see their own part in what has happened. While it might be “easier” to believe that someone else is to blame, we all need to remember that we must take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that follow.  We may want to get angry at the police officer for giving us a speeding ticket, but we must first remember that it was our speeding that gave the officer the opportunity to write the ticket. 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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