Romans 6:12 (AMP)
Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.
Potiphar’s wife and Amnon suffered similar physical ailments due to their “second look.” They continued to crave for something that was sinful. A look turned into a thought, the thought manifested in the heart, and the heart became sick. It affected their eating to the point that others recognized their loss of weight and their sadness.
Their lust for the individual turned into hatred. Potiphar’s wife couldn’t get her way; she decided to lie that Joseph tried to rape her. Hence, putting him in prison for many years. Amnon raped Tamar and hated her more than he initially loved her and threw her out of his house. We never receive gratification from a sinful act. No one ever benefits from lust and it always ends in a negative result.
Their “object of attraction” were now gone and they were left unsatisfied, sad, and empty.
In the natural, there was a little difference between Potiphar’s wife and Amnon. Amnon, eventually, was murdered by his halfbrother Absalom’s servants. Though we don’t know about Potiphar’s wife after Joseph was sent to prison, we do know the act tore her mind and heart in a way that we may never know.
In 2 Samuel 13:12-17, we see Tamar’s response to Amnon as he seduced and minutes later raped her. She was completely devastated and never recuperated from the act. She spent the rest of her life in Absalom’s house; desolate, lonely, and no future.
Potiphar ordered Joseph to be punished with severe lashes then left him in the prison for over a decade. An innocent man was judged unjustly. But because Joseph was a righteous man, God blessed him in the prison and he prospered as everything was entrusted to him in prison.
As we are on this Earth and we have all gone through trials and tribulation, we know the effects and scars of any tragic event. We are responsible for our own actions and what we do will affect our spouses, children, family and friends.
Tamar reminds me of Michal and how they decided to stay bitter and lonely until their death. These two women were in King David’s house and suffered in different ways but had similar end results. Joseph took the opposite approach and was determined to turn his life around. He trusted in the Lord, kept his spirits on positive thoughts, and because he believed that the promise would be fulfilled, he stepped out in faith. His end result catapulted him in the position of second in command with only Pharaoh higher than he.
Let’s take responsibility of the actions we perform in life and know that we don’t do things for ourselves. But need to know the domino affects in life; both negative and positive.