Neither Have I Condemned You
Written by: Regina Gibson
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When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
- John 8:7 NIV
Can you imagine what it feels like to know you are guilty and you know the law is justified in condemning you, BUT….
I personally know this feeling. I know how that woman felt when she was being condemned. She thought there was no way out. She was at the end of her rope. She just knew they were right to stone her.
But Jesus. Jesus knew the right words to say. He knew those people weren’t without sin, so how can the guilty condemn the guilty? He took the ground right out from under them, they had nothing to stand on anymore and walked away leaving her with Jesus.
Have you ever been left with nothing else but Jesus? Have you been stripped of all the worldly efforts, all that you can think of to do to fix something? It is only then that you can identify with this woman. When Jesus is all you have left then you will witness His presence and His power in your life. It is only when you are finished trying to defend yourself, or trying to make things work that Jesus shows up. He wants you to know that what you are witnessing now is the power of God in your life. Sometimes things have to be taken away for us to come to this point of trusting Jesus with our lives.
When we come to the realization that all we need is Jesus and that life without Him is in vain, we then can live the true life we have in Him. When Jesus told the woman to go and sin no more, it was an invitation to let her old life die and begin a new life living for God. He saved her. By saving her, he gave her another chance to live and be right with God.
This is what Jesus wants for all of us. To turn from our sinful ways, come to Him, and live! I love how The Message puts it in Galatians 2:20,“ Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” Paul is telling how he used to think that abiding by all the rules was how he pleased God, but Jesus’ life taught him otherwise. Abiding in Jesus is all we have to do. The Holy Spirit living inside of us will lead and guide us in the right direction.
Psalm 32:8 (NIV) says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
This past Easter Sunday my pastor said that the word he got from God to say to us was, LIVE! Go, live, and sin no more.
1. Identify what could be holding you back from a relationship with Jesus and ask Him to take it away.
2. God gave us the law to show us we need Him but love and grace came through Jesus. Who could you show love and grace to today?
I know I have made mistakes and will continue to do so, but Jesus! I thank You for Jesus! He wipes all my sins away and I am now able to live a life with Him and for Him. Thank You, Amen.
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