Week 3 | Day 1

Read: “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

The past two weeks, we’ve looked at how we can break free of the performance trap, and what to do when we find ourselves struggling with an addiction to approval. While both of those stem from a drive to please others, some of us find that our struggle comes instead from a place of fear and guilt. We suffer from a feeling that if we let someone down, including ourselves, we deserve punishment for failure. When Satan convinces us that those who fail, including both ourselves and others, are unworthy of love and deserve punishment, we might be playing the blame game.

The blame game stems from the lie that when we fail, we become unacceptable. When Satan traps us in this lie, our reaction to failure can quickly turn from fear to anger and from anger to an attitude of bitterness. When we believe there is no room for grace in failure, we become fixated on the idea of the law of retribution - that failure begets punishment.

But, when we look at what Christ has done for us, it contradicts the premise that people should get what they deserve. Christ came to free us from the law of retribution and the harmful trap of the blame game. Don’t miss our next devotion as we examine God’s truth of propitiation - a big word with a big, eternal impact.

Pray: God, help me examine my life today for signs of the blame game. If my fear of failure has turned into anger, at myself or others, forgive me. Help me understand your truth and set me free from the lie of the blame game. In Jesus’ name, Amen.