Joseph found himself in a difficult position one day when his masterâ€™s wife attempted to seduce him. How tantalizing this woman must have been to a healthy young man! And it must have occurred to Joseph how fearsome her wrath would be when he spurned her advances.
Yet Joseph flatly resisted her. His moral convictions stemmed from his clear view of sin and his reverence for God. He said to her, â€œHow then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?â€ (Gen. 39:9).
Today, it is popular to call sin by more acceptable names. But using euphemisms for offenses against God will only weaken our resistance and trivialize sinâ€™s harmfulness to us.
To Joseph, sin was not just â€œan error of judgment.â€ Nor was it a mere â€œslip of the tongueâ€ or an â€œindiscretionâ€ in a â€œmoment of weakness.â€ Joseph saw sin for what it wasâ€”a serious offense against the Lordâ€”and he did not play down the gravity of the offense.
Godâ€™s moral standards are absolute. It is only when we see sin as something abhorrent to the Lord that we will be motivated to make right moral judgments.
Calling sin by a softer name will change neither its offensiveness to God nor its cost to us.Â Â â€”
Was it for crimes that I have done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree! â€”
Thereâ€™s no excuse for excusing sin.