The Power Of Principal
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The Power Of Principal:
Genesis 39:7. “And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9. There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
In that far-off period when Joseph lived, moral restraint was much weaker that it is today, and in idolatrous Egypt the mere pagan joy of life was particularly stronger. Just think what it meant for such a youth as Joseph to be suddenly introduced to the corrupting and luxurious life of Egypt. From the simple patriarchal life of Canaan he was violently separated by a series of bitter unexpected changes.
Now he was among a people who loved pleasure, and who knew nothing of sin. The standards by which they measured life were wholly different from those to which he had been accustomed. Probably there was not one among he associates who would not have laughed at his moral principals, and would have told him to do in Egypt as Egypt did.
How easy to grab forbidden pleasures, which not one of his associates would have resisted, or would have even thought it polite to resist. This was a powerful woman and had great authority and influence, and to resist her advances was almost unlawful, especially for a slave.
But Joseph did resist, and as the outcome showed, his whole future life and the existence of his people depended on his resistance. His first instinctive words were, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
And when we come to examine these words, and measure the whole stuation what we see is this, that the whole secret of Joseph’s triumph was that he had principals and that he was faithful to them.
Joseph had a sure grip on two principals, that he was responsible to God for his actions, and that certain actions were wicked. And in the most appalling hour of moral crisis which he knew he was saved by these principals..
We sometimes say of a man, ‘He’s an unprincipled man.’ My mother, who didn’t say many derogative things about anyone, used to say, ‘He’s just no count.’ Meaning, you can’t count on him, he’s not dependable. He will let you down. He won’t show up. He’s no good.
There is hardly a more damming label that can be applied to a human being than to say he has no principals. Such a man proves himself in every relation of life utterly untrustworthy and unreliable. In such a person there is no fundamental honesty about him. In his heart he has no principle , no love of virtue, no respect foe duty.
Principle means a moral and spiritual standard which is sincerely accepted and rigidly obeyed.
By, James L. Thornton