When caught in a less than honorable situation many of us blame it on the devil. “The Devil made me do it,” is more than words. It is an attempt to absolve ourselves of responsibility.
“Ex-convict John Stephens told a Floyd County (Ind.) judge that he had a full-time job and intended to turn his life around, but had slipped when he tried to rob the Your Community Bank. ‘If I hadn’t been watching the news and seeing [other successful] bank robberies,’ he said, he wouldn’t have been tempted.”
--“News of the Weird,” The Salt Lake Tribune, January 27, 2010, p. a2. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
1 John 2:1-2 (NIV) “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (2) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”