One of the biggest things which has come out of this Pandemic and Lockdown situations is our need for kindness; our need for compassion.
We have been writing a series for our church looking at people Jesus met and how He stopped; listened; acknowledged; respected and showed compassion to those individuals. Today I share my own contribution to that series:
Today we meet a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. She was publicly dragged out and accused of her ‘crime’. She was publicly humiliated with fingers-pointing & tongues wagging; so-called friends began to withdraw away not wanting to be associated with her.
She was labelled; she was condemned.
Except by Jesus – He stood by her; He stood up for her and faced her accusers for her, “Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her”.
That sent them packing; some grumbling; some a bit ashamed, till there is no-one left to accuse. Jesus asks her, Where are they? Did no-one condemn you?
And then Jesus speaks the kindest words;
‘Neither do I condemn you.” I don’t condemn you either.
Jesus doesn’t condemn her, nor does He leave her where she is or has been; He delivers her from that past; from those labels; from the sin. He gives her a new life; the past has been dealt with and He says ‘go now and sin no more”. The past is gone; forgiven; not condemned; but set free.
Maybe you need to hear those words today. Maybe you have been labelled in the past and people remember; people still point the finger; tongues still wag. But Jesus doesn’t condemn you; He sets you free; He delivers you; there is new life to be found in Him.
Know today that Jesus will stand by you; Jesus will stand up for you; Jesus will face your accusers for you; Jesus will deliver you.
“Go now and from now on do not live in that sin anymore.”. Forgiven; set-free; redeemed!
[This story can be found in John 8:1-11]