Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Written by: James Washburn
She was caught red-handed! A woman commonly known in the Bible as the “adulterous woman” was caught in an act of adultery. She was dragged before a crowd—humiliated, naked, and exposed. Can you see the scene? A massive crowd is surrounding her as she lays on the ground with stones in hand to throw at her with the intent to kill her. Isn’t this what she deserved? Judgment. Condemnation. Death. Jesus completely turns the situation on its head by refusing to condemn her and extending unexpected, undeserved grace.
The amazing part of this story is Jesus’ ability to give grace to someone caught in sexual sin to whom no one else wanted to give grace. People tend to lean to the extreme when it comes to judgment. I’m sure you can relate, whether you have been on the giving or receiving end of judgment.
Sexual sin brings immense guilt. So many feel unworthy of God’s grace and forgiveness. They feel like God has a clipboard in Heaven keeping track of all of their sins. Here is the great news: That is far from the truth.
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” You are not looked down upon by God. Yes, He hates sin. However, but He desires an intimate relationship with you more than anything. He wants a relationship with YOU. Jesus is saying to you today through the power of the Holy Spirit, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” He is inviting you into a grace-filled relationship, regardless of what you struggle with.
Thought of the day: Are you struggling to accept God’s forgiveness for present or past failures? What failures can you surrender to God through prayer today? If you are reading this and feel hopeless in this area, consider attending Celebrate Recovery and allowing brothers and sisters to come along side you.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me and giving me grace in my struggles. Please help me to accept Your forgiveness and grace every day as I strengthen my relationship with You. I will live in the freedom You provide through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.