Promoting Word Study
God loves us. He loves you. He doesn’t want us trying to atone for a sin that was committed before we existed. He doesn’t even want us to atone for the sins we have committed yesterday or will commit tomorrow. He wants us to focus on believing in His son and receiving His gift of Grace. He wants us to establish ourselves in righteousness; as a result we will receive the blessings of His mercy. Mercy…Whenever we feel the pressure of life we should shout…Mercy!
Here is a story found in John 8: 1-11 NIV about a woman in the act of adultery. You probably know the story but if you don’t here it is:
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 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. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
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. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”