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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Leaving Our Life of Sin

April 11

(John 8:3-11 NIV) "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group {4} and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. {5} In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" {6} They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. {7} When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." {8} Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. {9} At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. {10} Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" {11} "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin.""

(Romans 6:22-23 NIV) "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. {23} For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Christ’s refusal to condemn the woman caught in adultery does not mean He condoned her sinful behavior. God’s mercy is a pre-emptive strike on our sin, but it is a strike designed to decapitate sin, not defend it. God’s mercy often comes ahead of our repentance. After telling the woman that He didn’t condemn her, Jesus commanded her to leave her life of sin. This would be her repentance. So the fact that God is merciful cannot be used to rationalize continued sin. Christ offered the woman forgiveness, but it came at a high price. The cross loomed just ahead. The Pharisees were dying to condemn her, but Jesus would soon be dying to free her from condemnation. He gave up His life for her sin so she could give up her life in sin. Jesus came to justify sinners, not to justify sinning. Those two things are totally different. Grab hold of His mercy. Leave the sin behind. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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