I have often said in my DIGs that all the words in the Bible are there for a reason; they are also in a specific order for a purpose.
Take John 8 v 11 for example.
In the account before this Jesus has had an encounter with the religious Pharisees and the woman taken in adultery.
Jesus has asked those without sin to cast the first stone, and of course everyone left (John 8 v 7 to 9).
Jesus asked the woman if anyone has condemned her and she says no one.
Then Jesus speaks out to her in love, compassion and mercy.
He tells her that He does not condemn her and then says go and sin no more.
He accepts her and forgives her and then says go and sin no more.
This is a picture of how forgiveness from the Lord comes before performance.
Many people think that if they are good and sin less that God will love them, bless them, forgive them and accept them.
This is not true.
All these things come before religious performance.
Jesus is more concerned that we come to Him rather than our religious dos and don’ts.
Yes, He thinks that we should not sin as that is not good for us or for those around us, but this is not His primary concern; we can see that in the order that He says things to the woman taken in adultery.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are merciful and forgiving toward us irrespective of our religious 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