Monday, August 6, 2012

You Are Not Condemned!

John 8:10-11 Jesus straigtened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemened you?" "No no, sir," she said, "Then neither do I condemn you." Jesus declared, "Go and leave your life of sin."

We have all done something we regretted.  It has haunted our conscience and to make matters worse some people know you did it.  When we have messed up it's enough to make us feel like life is over but the good news is that the only one that can condemn you is Jesus and he doesn't condemn you.

When this Woman was caught in adultery, her accusers made her stand up in a crowded room in front of Jesus. They wanted to humiliate her and kill her.  There are some people who get no greater satisfaction then wanting to see you fail and die.  The only problem is that they dragged this woman to the wrong person to be condemned.

They asked Jesus what his opinion about the law was. They were really trying to trap him in his words. "The Law says she should be stoned to death. What do you say?" Jesus said, "The one who has no sins let him be the first one to throw a stone." They all left the room starting with the oldest to the youngest. Jesus will remove everybody that wanted to see you fail out of your way!

Jesus then asked the woman caught in adultery, "Is there anyone left to condemn you?" She said, "No one my lord." He said, "Neither do I condemn you, go and leave your life of sin."

As a response to Jesus' love and forgiveness for our sins, we should leave our life of sin. That is, we should leave our life of intentionality of doing what we know to be wrong. God's grace ought to make us want to stop doing what is hurting him and killing us.  We don't have to walk around plauged by guilt anymore. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Dear God,
Thank you for setting me free from being a slave to sin.  There are those who would love to see me fail but you are the one who helps me succeed.  Thank you for giving me new life!

In Jesus Name,


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