Proverbs 21:2 People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.
This made me think of how we try to talk ourselves in to being okay with our actions sometimes. I think we do this because we know that in our heart we did what we should not have done and we want to make it okay in our minds. When we start feeling ourselves justify our actions...we need to stop and ask ourselves, "Where was my heart?" If our heart is in the wrong place we need to ask God for his forgivness and for His grace to do better in the future. We need to be honest with ourselves so that we can learn and grow...so that we do better.
I have come to believe that God celebrates our baby steps... anytime that we move foward God smiles. When we do something that is questionable the devil smiles as soon we start justifying our actions to ourselves. When we are honest with ourselves we are taking that oppertunity to learn how to do better, that makes God smile. When we realize we have done something wrong we need to ask forgiveness, ask for God's grace to do better, learn from our mistake and move foward. Then if we feel guilty we need to recognize that, that is the devil talking. He knows that if we are wallering in guilt we can't move foward and grow. We tackle that guilt by telling the devil that God has forgiven us and he can just move on his way!!! Then we do better next time.. even if it is just a pinch better we are doing better. Foward growth is always, always a good thing! We need to recognize progress and be proud or ourselves, and thank God for His grace. His wonderful grace that helps us grow!!