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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, February 11, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus didn’t condemn the woman accused of adultery, but neither did he ignor or condone her sin. He told her to leave her life of sin. Jesus stands ready to forgive any sin in your life, but confession and repentance mean a change of heart. With God’s help we can accept Christ’s forgiveness and stop our wrongdoing. (NLT)
John 8:1-11 – Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “This woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
Chad McComas (Oregon) titled his story “WALKING AWAY FROM SIN;” here is a portion of Chad’s story:
“. . . I can relate to the woman in John 8:1-11. I remember the hopeless feeling of being trapped in an ongoing sin in my life. My sinful behavior had a stranglehold on me, and I couldn’t see a way out. When I realized that Jesus wanted to save me from my sin, I found the freedom I had longed for.
“Jesus was not sent into this world to condemn us. Condemnation has no power to change our lives. Only when we believe and accept the forgiving grace of God and the fresh start God gives us each day can we leave our lives of sin. When we embrace the truth of God’s love, our lives will never be the same.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Through living and accepting me, God offers me a fresh start.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for not condemning but forgiving us. Thank you for setting us free to live without sin. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS
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