He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
There is a natural tendency in many human beings to justify their behavior. If a survey with the only question was asked: Do you consider yourself a good person? Most humans would answer yes. But God knows every heart and perfectly knows our true intentions. We can deceive each other. We can even fool ourselves to be convinced that we are good. But what it is high and sublime for us, for God is garbage.
Humans generally use excuses and pretexts to justify their mistakes. Even fictional characters use excuses, for example those performed by Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito). The Chavo del Ocho most famous excuses were: “It was accidentally wanting” and “It’s that they do not have patience with me.”His other famous character, the Red Grasshopper also used excuses such as: “All my movements are carefully calculated,” “I did intentionally,” and “They take advantage of my nobility.”
The justification of human beings was born from the moment that our first parents sinned first. Genesis 3:11-13 says: And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The man blamed God first and then his wife and this, in turn, blamed the serpent.
However, the justification of man not only limited to excuse their errors. It is quite normal that people present themselves heroically to talk about their successes. Thus they justify themselves by saying things like: “I won the distinction because I’m the best in my career,” or “Nobody could have done better than me,” or “I am the greatest, no one beats me.” All that pride may impress men and women, but before God, such achievements are nothing.
God, as our Creator, He knows better us than anyone. He knows what we limp foot, but most of all, He discovers what lies behind our actions. It is impossible to simulate in front of God what is not, and so, it is a futile exercise. Before God asking Adam and Eve He knew what the two had done. God also knew that their answers would not meet the truth. Likewise, He will recognize if you’re lying or not when He confronts our sins.
Much of humanity considers them good. In such cases, they do not give the hint when sinners are excluded from the Kingdom of God is mentioned. They justify themselves by saying that they have never killed anyone, they have not stolen, they have been faithful to their partners, they worry about being good neighbors and are always ready to collaborate in social works. Then they present their works as sublime and worthy of being considered for salvation. The reality is that God knows every sin of every human being and also knows that we are all disqualified to save ourselves. His grace alone justifies us through faith in Jesus Christ. God bless you.