Confession and repentance mean a change of heart

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 29, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Jesus didn’t condemn the woman accused of adultery, but neither did he ignore 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’ forgiveness and stop our wrongdoing. (NLT)

John 7:53-8:11 – Then the meeting broke up and everybody went home.

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.”

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

Abigail Gary (New Jersey) titled her story “A SECOND CHANCE;” here is a portion of Abigail’s story:

“I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant past and just yesterday. Why did I make that stupid remark? Why did I gossip about another person? And then I start thinking about larger life choices: wrong turns I have taken or times when I have done self-destructive things.

“Then I think of how Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery in today’s reading. First he protected her form certain death at the hands of authorities by asking them to consider their own sins. . . . Jesus gave her a second chance and the opportunity to learn from her mistakes.

“When I do something I know is harmful to myself or others, I can remember that Jesus refrains from judging me, but calls me to make better decisions and sin no more. He gives me a second chance – and sometimes many more than that – every time.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus always offers me a second chance.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us second chances to follow your ways. Help us to learn from our mistakes as we seek to follow you more faithfully. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO FORGIVE THEMSELVES

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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