Just Once . . . .

As a young boy, I used to ride a go-cart that was steered by a rope. Once one occasion, I propelled my way down the driveway, my parents' warning came to mind. "Always watch out for the cars." However, I rationalized: It's alright to do just that once. The I heard the sound of screeching tires as a car came to an abrupt stop to avoid hitting me. Thinking I somehow escape my parents'  rule nearly cost me my life.

The Bible has many examples of those who knew better but who chose to break God's rules. From boyhood, David had meditated on the law of God while he tended his sheep. He know that the seventh commandment condemned adultery, yet when he saw another man's wife he used his royal power to take this woman, who was Uriah's wife for his own. This sin resulted in terrible consequences (2Samuel 11-12). The psalmist wrote: "Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins" (Psalm 19:13). Have you felt tempted to do something "just once" even though you knew it was wrong?   With God's help, one can turn from sin and find the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Temptations will knock at your door; don't ask them to stay for dinner!

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