We watched him as we were growing up. He made us laugh. His talent was incredible. I looked forward to his show each week. The cast was brilliantly chosen. It was one of those shows which left us feeling good and often times we even learned lessons.
Cosby seemingly had everything in this world that many people only dream about. His riches and success would seem to the average person to be “enough” to make him happy. The One whom he didn’t have is greater than all of his earthly possessions.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
The Bill Cosby whom we thought we knew was quite a different man. His dark side went far beyond the norm. Bill Cosby was a criminal. It’s even hard for me to type those words, but they are true.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this man, and what we can learn about the human heart from his life.
What the Bible says about our hearts
Psalms 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
**Only God can create a “clean” heart within us. That is done by the Holy Spirit
Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
***We don’t want to think of our hearts in this way, but God knows all things.
Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
***The only way which God purifies our hearts is through His Son Jesus Christ
Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
***Nothing can be hidden from our God.
Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.”
***We must be born again, and we must cling to God and to His Word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
***Trusting in God is the only way to remain safe in Him.
Ezekiel 11:19 – “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh”
*** Only God can take our hearts of stone, and give us hearts of flesh which are pliable in His hand.
Proverbs 21:2 – “Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
*** Again, God sees our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him.
Matthew 15:18-20 – “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
***The thoughts of man are many times evil. As long as we are in these bodies of flesh, we will be subject to evil thoughts. But when we belong to Him, He will help us to not act upon these evil thoughts.
James 4:8 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.”
***God is our only hope forever.
1 Samuel 16:7 – “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
***Man looks at the outward appearance, while God looks at the heart.
I do not know about the early years of Bill Cosby’s life. I don’t know if he loved the Lord at one point, but then because of his riches and stardom, perhaps he fell away. Maybe he never knew the Lord.
None of us are right before God without trusting Jesus
I read about pastors who are hooked on pornography. We ask “How could this happen?” When a person neglects the Word of God, he slowly slips away from the truth of the Word. His thoughts become actions, and then the evil one knows that he has power over this person. His conscience becomes seared and his relationship with the Lord estranged.
Sins hurts those we love
Can you imagine the family of Bill Cosby, and how they are hurting? If we who grew up watching him are horrified by his criminal acts against women, his family must be in mourning. We must pray for Mr. Cosby that he will hear the voice of God. Even as heinous as his crimes are, Jesus still died for him.
I will be praying that he will feel the weight of his sins, and how he hurt so many women. I will also be praying that God will reveal himself to Bill Cosby and that he will be saved. Only then will Mr. Cosby understand that he not only sinned against the women, but that he sinned against God.
King David broke every one of the Ten Commandments, yet God still called him “A man after His own heart.” Why? Because David knew that he had sinned against his God and he was broken over that. He didn’t try to give excuses – he repented and still prayed for the life of his baby. When his child died, he accepted the consequence of his sin. He washed himself, got up, and continued to love and serve his Lord.
Nothing is too hard for our God.