One morning during my prayer time, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to a spiritual vision. In it, I saw a peaceful scene of a rich green pasture. Grazing on the grass was a flock of white sheep with a solitary black sheep. All the white sheep were looking at the sheep to their right and then to their left. The lone black sheep quietly grazed, minding his own business. Then, suddenly, the white sheep quit looking at one another and became focused on — the black sheep—end of the vision.
Not understanding what the vision meant, I asked Jesus for its interpretation. He answered, “The white sheep were searching for the one they could blame for their bad behavior. Humans are like these sheep. Whether they are conscious of it or not, they don’t want to be responsible for their sin or bad behavior. So rather than owning it when convicted by the Holy Spirit and confessing it to receive the forgiveness that brings relief from their shame, they redirect the blame onto an innocent person by accusing them of wrongdoing.”
Blame is Easier
The Bible tells us blaming others began in the Garden of Eden. It was satan’s perfect trap. After Adam and Eve took the bait and sinned, they came face to face with God. Rather than coming clean about his sin Adam took the easier route. He attempted to blame God for creating Eve. In response, God didn’t defend Himself or retaliate by pointing out the obvious truth. Instead, He lovingly covered Adam and Eve’s naked shame with animal skins. What a beautiful example to emulate when others accuse and blame us. We can respond by not defending ourselves or retaliating.
Black Sheep Respond with Love
So, let’s love our accusers by forgiving them and then forget about it. Because love is our superpower!
“He (Jesus) took on His shoulders the sin of the many. He took up the cause of all the black sheep.” Isaiah 53:12 MSG