Daily Devotion For Wednesday March 15, 2017

Ezekiel 36:22-32; John 7:53-8:11

Ezekiel 36:22-32; John 7:53-8:11

John 8:11 And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way and from now on do not sin again.”

The Scribes and Pharisees were intent on testing Jesus so they could bring up charges against Him. This time they brought before Him a woman caught in the act of adultery; they asked Him if she should be stoned in accordance with Moses’ words regarding the law. Jesus never answered them directly but bent down and wrote with His finger in the ground. Eventually he straightened up and told them that the one who had never sinned should throw the first stone. Convicted of their sins they walked away leaving Jesus and the woman alone.

Once again Jesus bent down and wrote in the sand. The woman must have been in anguish until he finally straightened up and asked if no one had condemned her. She told him no one had and Jesus spoke these words of grace, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

We hear these words of forgiveness as well when we think, speak, and act in wrongful ways. Let us also listen to Him, reminding us to change our ways from willful sin to living in love as He has forgiven us and loved us.

We do not know the impact on the woman’s life after her encounter with Jesus but we need to look at ourselves. Do we go our way unchanged or do we live out new ways of following Christ’s Commandment to love and forgive others? Do we?

Prayer: “Oh, Christ, you do not condemn us for our sins and judge us harshly. You speak to us with your compassion and forgiveness. Enable us to truly see each other as children of God and to live in love to them and for them. We stumble and fall in our attempts; continue to hold us in your grace and strengthen us to live as you would have us speak and act. In Jesus name, Amen
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