And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. (James 1:13-16 NLT)
Prayer: LORD, help me not make excuses for my actions when I do wrong, but rather, take responsibility for them with the confidence that comes from knowing that You will forgive me–even when my wrongdoing was intentional. Thank You for Your unlimited mercy and grace and Your patient, unconditional love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.