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What is rationalization? According to dictionary.com, to rationalize is “to ascribe (one’s acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.” While it is supposed to be rational and logical, it is often emotional and illogical. For instance, he beats me to a bloody pulp because he loves me. Or, this relationship will get better because we will mature. The examples can be endless.
If you have to try to convince yourself that something is right while all the evidence says it’s wrong, you have a problem. Ruining my family over a rationalization is not worth it. Marrying the wrong person is not worth the rationalization. Going against God’s Word “for the right reasons” (no such thing) is not worth the consequences that come from such a poor rationalization.
Maybe you are facing a crucial decision in your life. If you have to come up with a bunch of dumb justifications, rationalizations, and other things to convince others that it’s right, you are more than likely trying to convince yourself also because you know it’s wrong.