Not admitting personal wrongdoings is an act the world is accustomed with and you will be forgiven to think that such behavior does not exist among Christians. Unfortunately, Christians do struggle with this unethical behavior too. It started from the beginning when Adam blamed Eve for giving him the forbidden fruit to eat and Eve, in turn, blamed the crafty serpent for playing a trick on her (Genesis 1: 12-13). The truth is, despite having accepted Christ as personal Lord and savior, Christians still struggle with the flesh until the mind is completely renewed and life is transformed in Christ Jesus (Romans 12:2).
Apostle Paul struggled so much with the flesh, he lamented; “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (Romans 7:24 NLT), “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).
The Bible states that we have been chosen to conform to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and not to conform to the world. Unfortunately, the world has become like the crafty serpent and instead of encouraging admittance of wrongdoings, it discourages non conformists from doing the right thing. Should you admit being wrong in the world today, you are seen as a weakling and therein lies the struggle. The struggle to be seen as strong, independent, to be seen as a team player and be accepted in the work place, in the social circle, among friends and family is real among Christians too.
Sadly, the underlying cause for this prevalent plague is pride and there is a need to be cleansed of it. The Bible admonished us to stay away from pride, it comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon reaped the consequences of being proud, he became an animal until God had mercy on him (Daniel 4). We are now in Christ Jesus and we must no longer conform to the way of the world but God’s way of doing things.
Should you struggle with admitting wrongdoings, do not be ashamed of it, do not cover it up, instead seek God’s help in humility and ask him to help you to be considerate of others in deeds and in words. This would be a sign of personal spiritual growth. Bible declarations below aim to help you on your way to freedom from this transgression.
Make a Declaration of Faith
- Today I acknowledge my sins before God. I know he is faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness including not admitting my wrongdoings(1 John 1:9).
- I will confess my sin to others and I will be healed from all wrongdoings through the prayer of others, for the prayers of the righteous avails much (James 5:16).
- I affirm that I was buried with Christ by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, I too might walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4).
- I declare that I will no longer take part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, I will continue to expose them (Ephesians 5:11).
- I pledge to be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving, as God in Christ forgave me (Ephesians 4:32).
- I declare that henceforth, I will walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with others in love and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-32).
- Henceforth, I will practice living in love for God is love and this acceptable to him. I will be patient and kind; I will not be envious or boastful; I will not be arrogant or be rude. I will no longer insist on my own way or be irritable nor resentful according to the grace God has given me (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)