“She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.” Genesis 39:10 (NLT)
There’s no use denying it. We are tempted everyday. Discovering the way of the Lord apparently does not make life easier. It was easier before when we were still sinners. We didn’t know the difference between light and dark. Everything was just about us.
Since Christ came into our lives, we have been rebuked and corrected. It has not been smooth. Our transition from dark to light did bring us to certain gray areas, where we still confuse and justify the things we are not to do. Wherever area you are now, from the darkness to the gray to the light, we are on the right track. Grace makes sure that we will get there. “…It is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].” Romans 11:6 (AMP)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 (NLT)
As we can see in Joseph’s defiance against the lures of Potiphar’s wife, we all have the capacity not only to resist and defeat temptation. Let us focus on our relationship with Christ, and ask Him to fill up our lives with His loving grace, enabling us to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. The more we love Christ the more we learn how to love people, serving them accordingly with respect and love. Since the effects of sin is not only on ourselves but to others as well, the more we love Christ, the more we seek to do good for the benefit of our brothers and sisters. Thus, we place Christ in the center of all relationships, allowing His grace to foster our lives and the people around us as well.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)