DIG for Sunday the 17th of July…..forgiveness then performance…..John 8 v 11

There is a lot of rubbish on Facebook and on the Internet in general however there are some good things as well.

Today for example I saw a video about the woman taken in adultery thrown at the feet of Jesus.

Now I watched this, as this account of the compassion of Jesus is one of my favourite accounts, telling us about unconditional forgiveness.

Once everyone leaves Jesus said, “neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.

The order of these words is very important.

Jesus tells the woman not to sin after accepting her, after not condemning her.

Forgiveness was unconditional from Jesus; it was not dependent upon the performance of the woman.

Jesus did however tell her to sin no more; He was expecting an improvement in performance but only after His acceptance and forgiveness.

This is contrary to most of the teaching in the church today, where forgiveness seems to come after performance.

We are told we have to stop sinning and perform good works; we have to live under law, in order to be forgiven.

This is not the case; we are forgiven through the performance of Jesus not through our performance.

As with the woman taken in adultery, we have unconditional forgiveness from Jesus; and out of the revelation of this forgiveness we can live a more holy life with less sin.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me complete and 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