How often in the day are you beating yourself up? Maybe thoughts that you didn’t do enough here, you should have done that there, or you must be unlovable because….
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not here to condemn the world….not yet anyway, they are actually trying to love the “hell” out of the world. I was surprised when I heard that phrase years ago.
Jesus wasn’t about pointing out everyone’s sins, He was about telling everyone there was opportunity for LIFE – full and abundant life – with Him.
When I read this story in John, it reminds me I am not the judge and jury of others. ALSO that even when I know my life is not 100% pure, I am not condemned by Him.
The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.
Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”
“No one, Master.”
“Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”
THANK YOU JESUS! Thank you for helping us see ourselves more clearly through Your eyes of love and acceptance. Thank you there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus as we walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh. Let our confidence be found not in what we do or don’t do, but in what You already accomplished on the cross. We are redeemed and made new. We are protected and loved – even in our imperfection. Help us as we grow, learn and understand our value as Your children and friends. Help us take all thoughts captive to Your truth and honor You with our lives!