The toughest struggle in any man’s life that is desiring to living a life of integrity. ….Christian or not…..is maintaining sexual integrity. This is the ball buster lesson that will make or break you as a man.
There are not many things I would ever propose to be an expert in…..but this struggle I would propose to have a doctorates degree. I have failed miserably in this area more often than I’ve seen successes. But as in all things in life , failure teaches principle…..success encourages effort.
I will take a page from the Bible to illustrate the benefits of maintaining sexual integrity and what “real life” application looks like through the story of Joseph.
Key Bible Verses: After a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. … And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. (Genesis 39:7-8, 10, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Genesis 39:7-12
“After a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. … How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her” (NIV).
You’re probably familiar with the rest of Joseph’s story [in Genesis 39:13-47:28]. He interpreted dreams for Pharaoh, then in a single day he went from an imprisoned man with sexual integrity to being the second highest leader in the greatest nation in the world.
Imagine what might have happened if Joseph had failed this test. His recognition of the value of his sexual integrity paved the way for long-lasting leadership and influence.