Recently I witnessed an exchange, where one woman accused another of something she hadn't done.
Fortunately, the accused had written proof of her innocence, but the accuser didn't back down. She wasn't going to admit she'd been wrong.
Since Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent, fallen mankind has damaged relationships with stubborn self-justification.
It's our natural tendency to justify ourselves in spite of the evidence. But we Christians should be different. We must lead the way in admitting our mistakes and confessing our sins.
We have "written proof" in 1 John 1:9:
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
Today, let's take a moment to ask God if we've been defending ourselves when we should be confessing. And next time we're confronted with a sin or even a mistake, let's stop, think, and honestly confess everything we've done wrong.