Daily Devotion

February 11, 2017

Jesus doesn’t condemn, He cleanses

“Go. From now on sin no more.” 
Jn 8:11 NAS The Bible says: “The Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery…they said to [Jesus]…‘in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.’” Jesus replied: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her’…When they heard it, they began to go out one by one…Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more’” (vv. 3-11 NAS). Notice two things: (1) Those least qualified to condemn you, will. Jesus knew the hearts of the Pharisees. They made a practice of lifting themselves up by putting others down. Their aim that day was to trap Him by exposing her. Steer clear of modern-day Pharisees! Find your friends among those who’ve been redeemed by grace, and know how to extend it to others. (2) The One most qualified to condemn you, won’t. Stay close to Him. When you do, you’ll discover your scars aren’t permanent and you’ll recover much more quickly. Christ will meet you in your dark places and heal the wounds of your past because His grace is greater than your shame. Where sin abounds—His grace super-abounds! There’s no limit to the depth of shame He can see us through, because there’s no limit to the grace He can supply. Today, if you’re feeling the weight of your shameful past and sinful ways, come to Jesus. He’s ready to forgive you and set you free. But His invitation to freedom reads “R.S.V.P.”