The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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The Reversal

"Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? 'No one sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you.' Jesus declared. 'Go and leave your life of sin'" (Lk.8:10-11).

Most of you are probably familiar with this story from the gospel of Luke regarding the woman who was caught in adultery. There is something wrong from the beginning in that there is only one person being accused and we all know that this sin requires more than one. It appears again that the Pharisees were staging an event to try to trap Jesus as there were no witnesses there. (Vs.5-6)...Jesus exposes the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in using that famous line, "If any of you is without sin, let him cast the first stone" (V7). It seems that there was something wrong with them too! One by one they went away. Now maybe they went away because they felt guilty, and they realized their sinful condition, but leave they did. When just Jesus and the woman are left, He forgives her. He does not condone what she has done as He says, "Go now and leave your life of sin," but He does give her a beautiful gift....The gift of forgiveness. In reality, as Christians we have a difficult time with forgiveness. "First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to take the speck out of your brother's eye" (Matt.7:5). Maybe the most difficult person for us to forgive is not that person with the speck in their eye. Perhaps we have trouble in realizing that we are flawed too. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death" (2 Cor.7:10). The remorse that we have regarding our flaws ought to trigger our repentance and desire for forgiveness. Jesus gives that forgiveness through His grace. Because the Lord understands our flaws and is willing to forgive them, we must accept that gift and forgive ourselves too. It is then that we can deal with the specks...

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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