Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 19
And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.1 Nephi 19:6
Don’t justify your own behavior – and certainly don’t do it based on the behavior of others.
Have you ever thought that something you did was OK because someone else did the same thing or worse? Who is actually responsible for justifying us?
For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would speak in other words—they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels.1 Nephi 19:7
Don’t set aside or otherwise ignore God and His counsel and instruction.
What piece of counsel from the Lord can you listen to and follow right now?
. . . wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.1 Nephi 19:9
Learn to be long suffering. After all, Jesus is with you.
When you have chosen to quietly endure a difficult circumstance instead of fight for fairness and justice or “what’s right” how did it affect who you are and your relationship with others and with God?
And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah . . .1 Nephi 19:23
Read and study Isaiah. Let his writings persuade you to believe in Jesus Christ.
Which of Isaiah’s writings in particular encourage you to believe in Jesus Christ?
. . . for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.1 Nephi 19:23
Learn how God works with His children and improve your faith in Him by translating the words and experiences in the scriptures into what they would look like in your own life.
What would Nephi building a boat or breaking his bow equate to in your life? How about Laman and Lemuel?