Go, and Sin No More

10:11 AM

Dear fellow recipients of mercy and grace,

This week we’ll be looking at the first part of John 8, which has so much to process and absorb!  The story of the woman caught in adultery has many applicable points for us.  While we might not be actively committing adultery through thought and/or deed, we are all sinners in need of saving grace.  And like the woman in our story, each of us has been caught red-handed by the Omniscient Judge and will one day stand before the Great White Throne.  On that day, will grace to be given or justice dispensed?  And the sobering thing is that the answer to this question is in our hands.  The punishment for sin has already been paid, but we must accept this free gift while still on earth in order to be viewed innocent on judgment day.

According to Mosaic Law, the woman in John 8 should have been stoned to death in consequence of her actions.  However, Jesus intervened and instead of allowing the former Law with its harsh judgments to dictate, He decided to take the opportunity to teach those accusing and to change a life by administering mercy and grace.  Our Savior is about the work of redeeming, changing, and transforming lives, and the adulterous woman is one such example.  Even though her accusers were dispersed and the Son of God chose not to condemn her, she did not get off scot-free.  She was commanded to “Go, and from now on sin no more.”

Likewise, we have encountered the holiness of God, and have been found guilty and deserving of death.  However, Jesus stepped onto the stage of history to take our sentence upon Himself so that we may be shown grace and not be condemned.  So in light of this great sacrifice and gift, how can we not receive with gratefulness the command given to the unfaithful woman?  Is it too small a thing for the loving Savior to ask that after being caught, found guilty, and then graciously pardoned that we no longer actively participate in sin?  I think not.

So the question for this week is….will YOU follow the Savior’s command by leaving your former life of sin and going forward to pursue a life marked by godliness?

As one contemporary worship song declares, “Lord you gave your life for me, so I will give my life for you, all because of your love, all because of your love.”  In closing, let us fully give our lives to the One who gave us His, and strive with all our heart to follow His command to “Go, and sin no more.”  For the glory of your loving Father, press on toward the goal set before you and seek to know Him more!

Joyfully in Christ,

So I Fix My Eyes...

“I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.”  ~ John 8:26

Editor's note: This post is part of a series of encouragers by a local host, Kristin.  You can read her previous posts here on the blog or check out her site for more articles like this one.  Thank you, Kristin!

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  1. Oh, what a great reminder, Kristin! May the gospel message never become boring or lifeless to us. It is the message of our salvation, our redemption, or cleansing. All undeserved. All done by Christ Himself. Oh, how amazing!

    Thank you for this reminder. Let us fix our eyes, as you said, on the One who has given His life's blood to wash away the stain of sin. To Him belongs all the glory!


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