Jesus ran the woman’s accusers off and said to her “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.Go. From now on sin no more.”
Jesus told her to go and sin no more. Really? Most would say it’s impossible to not sin. The lesson here though is the law always brings condemnation and it is only the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ that can set us free from sin. So Jesus was actually empowering her to stop sinning by showing her mercy. It isn’t until we truly experience the unconditional love of God and are filled with the Holy Spirit that we are able to say no to ungodliness.
Although it sounds counterintuitive at first it is the only way to live. When pure unmixed grace is taught it sounds like license to those living in a fleshly, law keeping mentality. For those walking after the Spirit though it is a well of refreshing living water. It is only the wholeness found in the love of God that enables us to turn from sin. Once we start receiving his grace, sin starts to lose its grip.
Thank you Jesus for your unmerited favor that saves and keeps us!
Written by Louie