Bad to Worse: Scorned Sex Lies

“She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. Then she told him this story: ‘That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.’ ” (Genesis 39:16-18)

Rejection always hurts, but there’s a special sting involved with being rejected by someone who refuses to go along with an invitation to do wrong. Not only does the seducer feel unwanted, he or she ends up feeling judged by the do-gooder’s integrity.

btw_350Mrs. Potiphar felt that way. She was furious this slave in her husband’s house would reject her personally and morally. How could he possibly think he is better than her? He’s a slave! She’s the wife of a rich and powerful man! With one lie, she proved she still had the upper hand.

Two lessons for those who stubbornly refuse to do wrong. 1) Sometimes it will make you vicious enemies. 2) Sometimes it will cost you everything. Think about it ahead of time: What is your integrity worth?

Think: Are you strong enough to risk making people mad at you because you refuse to participate in sin? How important is it to you NOT to make people mad at you?

Pray: Ask God for the courage to care more about obeying and honoring him than having other people like you or treat you well.

Do: Think of a situation in which someone has lied about you or you’ve lied about someone else. Either way, ask God to help that person know how much he loves them.