Jesus was know as a man of compassion (Matthew 9 v 36, 14 v 14, 15 v 32 etc).
My favourite account of his compassion is from the Gospel of John where Jesus has a woman taken in the act of adultery thrown in front of Him by the religious establishment of the day (John 8 v 1 to 11).
The woman had clearly broken the law and had clearly been involved in a sinful act, and the scribes and Pharisees wanted her punished (as well as wanting to trap and embarrass Jesus).
As the men leave, after being challenged about their own sin, Jesus says “neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more” (John 8 v 11).
The order of what Jesus said here is very important and is a picture of how acceptance and forgiveness operates in the Kingdom.
Jesus does not say “sin no more and then I will not condemn you”; no, he gives the woman compassion, acceptance and forgiveness first, and then gives her good advice about not sinning.
Sin is not good for us or those around us and sin is something we should not get involved in, however sin is not (as religion and legalism will teach you) a barrier to forgiveness or a barrier between you and the Lord.
Sin is not a barrier any more as Jesus has paid for all our sin (1 John 2 v 2).
Forgiveness is not dependent upon your performance, in the same way as it was not dependent upon the woman’s performance.
She had just sinned yet Jesus showed her compassion and acceptance and would not condemn her, and this did not depend on how she performed in the future; she received His compassion, acceptance and forgiveness right there and then.
Yes, she was given great advice to “sin no more”, and Jesus is saying that to us today; sin has consequences in this life but has no consequences on our forgiveness from God.
Our forgiveness was purchased through Jesus’ performance, through His blood being shed at His finished work on the cross (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
This is amazing news, however it is not a licence for you to go out and sin; if you think that you really do not understand grace or the love and mercy of God.
The good news is that we have acceptance and forgiveness not through our performance but through His; thank you Jesus.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven through the blood of Jesus and it has nothing to do with my performance”.
John 8 v 11…..She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more