How Can I?

How do you respond in the face of temptations?  Does the thought that, “No one will see or hear about what we are doing” cause there to be greater temptations or do we feel that we’ll never get caught because, “No one will know but you and me.”  It is interesting that when Joseph was tempted to have an affair with Potiphar’s wife that he said, “How can I do this thing and sin against God?”
Joseph saw that sin was not just about whether he would get caught, but he saw sin as an offence against God.  He knew that his actions affected his relationship with His God, and that relationship was more important than any short term pleasures that sin might provide.  Many times we think that our wrongful actions will affect no-one but ourselves, but do we see it as a sin against God?  David spoke to God in Psalm 51:4,  after his affair with Bathsheba, “Against You and You alone have I sinned.”  He knew that his actions had severe consequences to his walk with God.
It is unfortunate that for many people, their relationship with The Lord is so poor that they are never concerned about how their actions might affect that relationship.  What about in your life?  Is your walk with God so real that the thought of doing anything which might inhibit that relationship would curtail your actions?    Take time to reflect on the depth and strength of your walk with God.  Evaluate how much He affects your actions and thoughts, not because you fear the punishment of God, but because you value your relationship with Him.

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