(Proverbs 7:14 KJV) I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
Years ago we had a song evangelist visit our church and one of the songs presented was called “Excuses.” That is what Solomon demonstrates to us today. We are in the midst of a passage dealing with adultery, seduction and unfaithfulness. The instigator of all the sin is telling us how she had been to church, had made a big donation to the annual financial campaign and had gave a testimony. Somehow this is a reason why we are supposed to assume it is okay to sin.
This might be a hybrid of legalism and grace. Maybe we could call it legracism. This is where we figure we do some good things and perform some rituals and then expect that little bit of compliance will make grace kick in. Don’t count on it. Sin is sin. Sin is not acceptable. Most of us don’t get involved in the great sins such as adultery but we make excuses for our “little” sins such as sloth.
So? Be honest with yourself so you can be honest with God. Watch for excuses. We all make them but they should be the launching pad for repentance not for greater sin. Think, repent, grow.