Forgiveness Like That of Jesus

The Holy Bible: The Good news Translation

John 8:5–7 (Key verses)

5 In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?” 6They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened himself up and said to them, “Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.”

My Thoughts:
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

It is so easy sometimes to act the part of the Teachers and Pharisees and turn in the ‘guilty’ ones, while we are guilty of so much ourselves. Many times we are self-righteous and say to ourselves that we are merely doing the work of the Lord by pointing out sin to our Brother. We must be very careful with this action friend. We must be sure that God is leading us to correct that person. I feel sure that God will not send an unclean messenger to correct his Brother! If only we can be as understanding and forgiving as our Master. He could tell from the sorrow in this woman’s heart that she was sorry for her sin and wanted true repentance, so He dismissed her in peace and with His blessing. Now a big part of this example is actually found in the verse that follows when Jesus told the woman that she must now go and sin no more. Let’s do our best and seek God’s help to not repeat the same sinful act or deed over and over. Jesus is our helper in these things! Friends, we must learn from our mistakes and experiences, and we must allow them to correct our ways and drive our future. Jesus loved this sinner and forgave her for her sin. We must do the same if we are to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

My Prayer
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for acting in pious ways at times, much like these teachers and Pharisees did. It is so difficult to examine self, and way too easy to point a finger at a Brother or Sister for their wrongs. Please help me to lay out my actions and my words against that which You have taught in Your Word, so that sinful deeds and actions might be highlighted. Help me then to be humble, yet bold enough to immediately seek Your forgiveness, and Your help to overcome. I would sincerely ask Your help and direction on my friends that may meditate on this devotion today, that they too will utilize Your Word in their lives before using this to apply to a Brother or Sister behind them. May our lives be acceptable to You, and clean enough, that they can be used of You today as a channel of Your blessing and opportunity for salvation to the lost that we will come into contact with. Thank You for loving me this much Jesus!

 

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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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