I know of a man, who is married, but he engages in extramarital affair. The woman he fornicates with is bent on marrying him at all cost. Later as time passes by, the man became a born again Christian and would want to renounced this unholy act. This man has an unusual passion; he does not like to offend man, as he would not like to offend God. All human being has his or her weakness; to this man he has to make a choice.

At a point in one’s life, we are bound to make choice between two or more things. We are sometimes confronted by temptation to decide which side we belong, on God side or the other. One way by which a person can know is to consider what Apostle Paul said

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1Cor. 10:23)

Joseph in the house of Portiphar, refused to be enticed or lured into committing the sin of adultery with his master’s wife; he was caught in between God and the devil. He had a choice to make and he chose that which earned him great reward from God. Joseph said,

“There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he (his master) kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness (to commit adultery), and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9)

Joseph weighed the pros and cons of any action he would take and he realized that obedience is better than sacrifice. He refused and did not fall for the devil’s bait. Was it lawful for him since his master handed everything in the house in his care. If at all it was lawful for him, was it expedient or edifying? These are some of the things Christian need to be aware of before taking decision on anything.

On the other hand, King Saul was commanded to go and destroy the Amalekites without living any life alive, but he disobeyed the instruction giving him by God through Prophet Samuel. He sympathizes with his colleague, a king like himself, and allowed sentiment to override the instruction of the Lord. He chose sympathy and sinned against God. He sympathized with man and rejected the word of God. Rejecting the word of God is also rejecting the Almighty Himself. The Bible declared that,

“… Friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jas 4:4).

King Saul lost his kingship and the sense of belonging in the vineyard of the Lord.

This man that I know, for a long time, he found it difficult to make decision, to leave the woman he was fornicating with and devote 100% time with his family. He was sympathizing with the woman; thinking how she would feel if he dumps her.

What has feeling got to do with obeying the commandment of God? “Thou shall not commit adultery”. That is the word of God. Disobeying it is sin against God.

Finally, the man remembered the action of Joseph concerning the matter of Portipher’s wife and what Samuel said to Saul “to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of ram” (1Sam. 15:22).

Is sympathy a sin? no, but any sympathy that leads one to commit a sin or to disobey the word of God should be avoided.

Beware of sympathy to sin and beware of sentiment: the twin is destiny killer.

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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