As I read through the Gospel of John I see encounter after encounter where Jesus displays His love, mercy and compassion.
In His encounter with the woman taken in adultery I see (what is for me) the ultimate expression of His compassion and love.
The Pharisees accost him and He has an obvious sinner thrown in front of Him (John 8 v 3 to 6).
There is no debate that the woman is a sinner, she was caught in the act, but that is not the issue here.
The issue is what will Jesus do with a sinner.
Well, He will show them love, mercy and compassion.
Jesus does not ignore the sin, but first He delivers forgiveness and acceptance (John 8 v 11).
Jesus said that He did not condemn the woman; in other words He gave her forgiveness and acceptance.
Then He said that she should not sin.
Now that is good advice as sin would not be good in her life, just as it is not good for us.
But she did not have to perform (i.e. stop sinning) before she received forgiveness; forgiveness was unconditional as it is for us.
We are forgiven because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, and we can sin less out of that realisation and because we have been forgiven.
To stop committing sin is good for our lives and for those around us however it is not conditional for our forgiveness and acceptance from God; that is conditional on the performance of Jesus and His work was complete and perfect.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for my unconditional forgiveness”.
John 8 v 11…..She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more