take responsibility for your actions

8.18.15 I have a question, I want you to really think about for a minute. Have you ever thought that the actions you take is your responsibility. So whether your actions are good or bad it is your responsibility to take ownership of them.

Part of growing up is taking responsibility for oneself. We start as infants with no personal responsibility whatsoever—everything that we need done is done for us. As we progress through the various stages of childhood, we take on more and more responsibility. We learn to tie our own shoes, clean our own rooms, and turn in our own homework. We learn that responsibility has its rewards—and irresponsibility has other, less-than-desirable effects. In many ways, the difference between a child and a man is his willingness to take personal responsibility for his actions. As Paul says, “When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

“The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them” (Ezekiel 18:20). Personal responsibility is closely related to the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7–8). “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” (Isaiah 3:10–11).

The Bible expects us to take personal responsibility in all areas of life. Able-bodied people should work for their food. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Men are to take responsibility for providing for their households (1 Timothy 5:8). At times, people try to avoid personal responsibility, usually through blame-shifting.

Do you know anyone who like the Disney show says I didn't do it? Well I'm hear to tell you grow up and own your circumstance, you put yourself there not someone else.

Each one of us has the personal responsibility to “repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15) and then to glorify the Lord with good works (Ephesians 2:10). “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). Those who choose to reject the truth of God “are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We cannot evade our personal responsibility to exercise faith in Christ.

Responsibility is defined in the dictionary as, "Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority." A person is regarded as responsible when he is "capable of making moral or rational decisions on his own and, therefore, answerable for one's own behavior. In the realm of physical "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." In the spiritual realm for every action there is a consequence.

In order to teach responsibility it is necessary to let the young suffer the consequences of their choices. This is why the prophet said, "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth" (Lamentations 3:27). When parents are giving gradual responsibility they are able to help assuage the severity of the consequences. Children learn that the consequences can be serious by learning young from the results of their lesser responsibilities. It is better to learn that each man must bear his own burden (Galatians 6:5) when that burden is a household chore or a missed homework assignment than a job deadline or a utility bill.

Finally, parents must be an example in accepting responsibility (Job 19:4; Acts 25:11). Your children will never learn to be a mature, helpful, resourceful and responsible member of any community, if all they ever see is a parent that casts blame elsewhere refusing to accept responsibility miserably chaffing under the consequences of bad choices. Be responsible and your children will grow up to be responsible.

So the next time you think about doing something like lying, stealing a piece of candy, cheating on a test or whatever else. Remember there will be a consequence. Somethings can ruin a relationship with your family. The best choice you could make is accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

 

God I come to you praying that you will be with the ones who doesn't think about what their actions are going to bring them. Just be with these people and touch their hearts that they will turn to you. Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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