It Is Easier To Blame Others For Our Failed Responsibilities

Proverbs 30:10 Dissected & Defined

Accuse not a servant (one in the state of submission) unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Daily Devo Paraphrase

To accuse someone literally means, to wag the tongue. It is personal slander. Sadly, amongst a general body of believers, accusations fly high.

Accusing A Man to His Authority

Proverbs 30:10 is speaking directly of accusations that are made of one under authority to his authority. Why would someone accuse man to his authority? There are several reasons someone might do this. But the root of it is our pride. We tear down others to lift ourselves up.

Blaming Others

Being a man in leadership, I hear often the shifted blame of those under me. It is easier for us to “wag our tongue” about other people’s failures than to fess up to our own guilt and failed responsibility. Yet once again, when sought after, there is a Hidden meaning in this verse also. Take note of the position of the accuser. He is taking the seat of the scornful.

Psalm one warns against people like this. An accuser would not be a fruit or outcome of the Holy Spirit living through you, so by process of elimination, who’s influence is it? It is the influence of the devil, the “Accuser of the Brethren.”

Yield to the Fruit of the Spirit Meekness

When a person takes the position of the accuser of another, he is placing himself under the influence and control of the devil. He is failing to yield to the fruit of the Spirit, meekness. Meekness is the ability for God’s people to negotiate amongst each other without causing friction.
So, next time you are tempted to shift the blame to another servant, check your seat! Are you sitting in the “Accuser of the Brethren’s” chair?


Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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