1 Kings 11:1-8
When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. James 1:15
When faced with temptation, we often rationalize or justify what we want to do, thinking that giving in on small things is not harmful. But disobedience of any kind is a compromise, a partial surrender to sin that hinders our relationship with the Lord and can grow into bigger sin.
King Solomon, the son of David, was the wisest man who ever lived. But God specifically commanded Solomon not to take foreign wives because He knew the end result: “For it came about when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been” (1 Kings 11:4 NASB).
What started out as admiration from afar led to association, which soon led to close relationships. Eventually Solomon built altars for false gods; he was totally possessed by his sin. And he paid a price. To punish Solomon’s disobedience, God took the kingdom away from his children.
The good news is that wherever you may be on the road of compromise, the Lord will restore you to right fellowship with Him if you ask Him. No sin is too big and no failure too large for the power of the Cross. Recognize your sin, REPENT, and let the Holy Spirit rebuild your life and ground your heart in His truth.
Lord, there is no sin too great for the power of the Cross. I REPENT.