“[Jesus] personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
We all blow it. Occasionally, we blow it big time. The critical question is, does God’s mercy extend to our biggest mistakes? Most Christians will say, ‘yes’, without question. Why then do so many live with oppressive guilt? Did they miss something?
One woman came face to face with her sin and with Jesus. Her story went something like this…
She had no hope. They caught her in the act. Her guilt was undeniable and the sentence was certain. Death! Stones in hand, her accusers prepared to hurl them at her in righteous fury.
A voice rose above the chatter of the crowd, “Teacher,” he said so all could hear, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” The Teacher, a man called Jesus, held her fate in His hands, but it gave her little hope.
She was as surprised as the rest when Jesus stooped down and began writing in the dirt! If her life had not been on the line she might have even smiled at His casual disregard of the self-righteous religious leaders. In the wake of His silence the tension mounted. They hurled the question again and again, “What do you say?!” At last the Teacher stood to speak. She could barely breathe.
“Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
Her accusers were shaken as His words hit their mark. One by one, the stones fell to the earth. With each thud, hope grew in her heart. She waited. It wasn’t long until only the Teacher remained.
“Where are your accusers?” he asked. “Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she replied.
His next words gave her hope when all hope was lost and they continue to give us hope today:
“Neither do I condemn you. Go now, and leave your life of sin.” (based on John 8:4-11)
With a few simple words Jesus acknowledged her sin, extended God’s mercy and set her on a new path.
Your view of God’s Mercy really matters…
God extends His mercy to ALL who ask in Jesus’ name. You are forgiven. Period. Now comes the test of your faith in His mercy. Let go of the guilty feelings and in the power of His Spirit, choose to say, ‘no’, to sin and ‘yes’ to following Him today.
We encourage you to read GOD, Who Are You Anyway if you continue to wrestle with experiencing God’s mercy.
Read God’s Word today…
Ephesians 2:4 “God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.”
GOD, because You are merciful I know that by trusting in Jesus, ALL my sins are forgiven.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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