My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
(John 8:10 NASB)
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]
(John 8:11 NASB)
It was easy for the officials to point their finger at a woman who
had been caught in adultery. She looked like the type of person you
would expect to be a sinner! They gathered around her and were ready to
stone her when Jesus said something very simple. The ones who have not
sinned may throw the stones. Suddenly on self examination they
discovered they were just as sinful as this woman. One by one they left
and she was alone, standing before her Saviour. He asked where they
had gone and whether no one had condemned her. No one had remained.
Now Jesus, the only one who was without sin stood before her and forgave
her. He did not punish her. He gave her a new life in a moment and
sent her out to live in the world to sin no more. In that moment in
time he restored her into the woman that God had originally intended,
her life was set right and as long as she kept her eyes on God, He would
lead her into a life without sin. This was the love which reached out
to her from the only man who would have had the right to condemn her.
Are we ever guilty of condemnation? Do we judge others by the fact
that they look like sinners and their sin may be more visible than
ours? We must search our hearts and ask God to reveal to us what exists
within our own hearts before we start throwing stones at others.
Instead, we are asked to be Jesus to our world. Jesus came into the
world to be redemptive, not punitive. That should be our role as well.
We are to be agents of redemption to a sinful world. Too often we want
to take the punitive role, desiring to punish those who have done
wrong. That is not our responsibility. We must remember on a daily
basis that our job is to be Jesus in the world, and to respond to a lost
world in the same way Jesus would respond. May those around us find no
condemnation in us, but rather an outstretched hand of restoration,
welcoming them back onto the original path that God has prepared for all
May I have a heart of compassion and redemption for the world around me today. Amen.