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The Adultress Women - A Lesson On Forgiveness


"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first one to throw a stone at her" (John 8: 7).

It's a really famous passage of scripture isn't it..It is one that stands out when we think of casting dispersions on others. I think it to be a companion verse of Jesus famous statement in the Sermon on the Mount when he said, "First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matt. 7:5).

The woman talked about in this verse goes unnamed, and we only know her from her sin. It was a big one in Jewish law.....Adultery... When Jesus got to the temple at the dawn of that day He was greeted by a group of men called the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They were looking to accuse Jesus here by bringing this woman and declaring her sin and fate under the Jewish law. Jesus was very cool as he stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. He was "playing them." Whatever He wrote must have had the desired effect as He uttered those famous words of John 8:7. At that, He bent over again and wrote some more. As He was writing the accusers began to leave. When He stood up, only He and the woman were left.

He remarked to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you" (V 10). When she replied in the negative He said, "Then neither do I condemn you...Go now and leave your life of sin" (V 10). The law said one thing and He said another. What He offered to the unnamed woman was forgiveness. It was forgiveness with an admonition....."Go now and leave your life of sin."

Jesus sets a high bar for us here. A bar about forgiveness and the attitude we ought to have about it. Are we as tolerant of sinners as Jesus was? As we see in this story, the woman was not the only sinner there that day. Paul's statement about sin in Romans 3:23 comes to mind doesn't it...."For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We need daily to take the lesson offered to us by this story and consider our attitude toward the sinner. Just as the woman was not the only sinner THERE that day, a person who commits a sin around us is not the only sinner HERE. Before we accuse others, we must consider the sin of our lives. We must be willing to forgive!

We hear nothing more about this woman in our Bibles, but her story echoes through the corridors of time. I want to think that she learned a powerful lesson from this experience...I also want to think that we have too..The lesson of forgiveness.....

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference as your light shines for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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