One part of Tiger Woods’ statement stood out to me this morning:
“I knew my actions were wrong, but I had convinced myself that normal rules did not apply … I thought only about myself… I thought I could get away with anything I wanted to. … I thought I was entitled….”
This hits me right between the eyes. Becausethat sounds like… me.
And probably you, too.
I think the biggest stumbling points into sin are:
“This won’t hurt me.”
“I can handle it.”
“I deserve it.”
Tiger’s fame magnified what he did, but only in the eyes of our media and culture. In God’s eyes, my sins are just as painful as Tiger’s. In God’s eyes, my sins hurt my relationships with Him and with others as much as Tiger’s. But here’s the great truth for Tiger Woods, for me, and for you:
But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL wickedness.
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He was ripped and he was handsome. She was lonely and she was hungry. He followed God and she gave lip-service to the numerous gods of Egypt. He was Joseph and she was Potiphar’s wife. He was in charge of all of Potiphar’s household and she was attracted to that power.
A pretty heady place for Joseph to be. Think about it, guys, how would you feel? You’re good looking, successful, and the object of some babe’s desire. What are you going to do with all of that?