14 September 2020
John 8:10-11 NLT Simple and Kind
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
It is very hard for our human understanding to wrap our brains around what Jesus has done for us. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)
We want to see judgment and condemnation for the people who deserve it. That what’s fair. But what is actually fair is that God knows how weak we are and doesn’t demand that we be punished like we deserve. No one would punish a toddler for not being able to walk across the floor without falling down. We are the toddlers.
Jesus has already taken our punishment for us. We may live with consequences of our actions, but he doesn’t condemn us. He invites us to simply Go and sin no more. That’s pleasant. That makes me want to be like him. When I read about Jesus interactions with sinners, it makes me want to follow him and please him and be like him. It doesn’t make me feel like, “Whew, dodged a bullet; I’ll have to cover my tracks better next time.” Kindness, not judgment, really does lead to repentance just as the scriptures say!
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth... For he knows how weak we are. Psalm 103:8-11 & 14
When Believers are feeling guilty, condemned, or just plain bad, it isn’t God judging us. Remember forever that Jesus simply invites me to be with him and Go and sin no more.
Dear Lord Jesus,
These are kind words, loving words and life-giving words. Thank you that they are for me too. Thank you for your invitation to follow you and that you never get tired of inviting me or withdraw your invitation. Your compassion is great. I am so thankful for the things that are behind me and the things you will still show me to have a heart like yours. I love you and thank you for saving me and showing me and I pray in your name, amen.