Self-justification—a wolf in sheep's clothing

There's a story about a small child who, after an unhappy incident, was told by her mother to ask forgiveness in her prayer at bedtime. As she knelt at her mother's knee she said, "Please, God, make me a good girl. I have asked You before, but You don't try!" How the human mind tries to avoid responsibility by shifting blame elsewhere!

Haven't we all, at one time or other, tried to justify our actions and find an escape in the claim that we have done our part, but some other person or power has turned the effort awry? If such reasoning is not quickly detected and rejected, it may hinder our Christianly scientific demonstration.

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