"I know the Bible says it is wrong, but I'm going through a tough time and God understands." Question: Does God understand our sin? My Bible says Jesus died to sin, once and for all. How could He understand it? He died to it, so that now we are dead to it. What Jesus does understand is a broken, repentant heart of surrender...not rationalized sin and disobedience. "Well...we've got to have at least one or two vices...right?" I've not seen nor heard of that one from the Bible either. Why? Because it's not there! "God knows I'm lonely...so it's OK for me to sleep with my girlfriend. Besides we will eventually get married." If God knows you are lonely, and that you've had a tough time with relationships - surrender to Him. It is still NOT OK to willfully sin! "God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land." (Psalm 68:6)
You know what I think? I think it's time for we Christians to STOP rationalizing our sin. Too many Christian peeps are making excuses for doing exactly what they want to do, not what He wants. Why should a believer need to rationalize their sin? The truth is, I know it is wrong when I sin. And so do you! To rationalize your sin is to proclaim that you do not believe the Word of God. It is to proclaim that you don't really trust God!
None of us is perfect. We will mess up. We will at times willfully sin. But I just can't see the validity in making excuses for it. It's just not in God's Word. So what do we do? We stop it! We stop it by confessing our sin to God. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
Too many Christians are stuck way back in the past because of the rationalization of sin. Sin rationalization is a symptom. It is a symptom of a lack of surrender to God. Understand that when one commits their life to Jesus, one must surrender their life to Him. To make a commitment without surrender means there will be no change. Jesus came to change your life. But you must surrender to Him. Instead of fighting day in and day out to "do the right thing", surrender it all to Jesus at this very moment. Admit to Him you are lost without Him, and that you cannot walk free of sin without Him. Admit to Him that He is your everything...your all in all. That is surrender. A life totally surrendered to Jesus is a life in which there is no need to rationalize sin.