Have you ever done something you seriously regret? Of course you have. We all have. The question is never, have you failed; but rather, how did you respond to that failure? When Jesus was forced to confront a woman caught in horrible sin, first He reminded her accusers of their own failures, then He turned to her. He didn’t condemn her. 11… “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11b
Condemn means to “declare guilty.” To be clear, this woman was “caught in the act”, so there was no doubt about her guilt. The same is true for us. There is no doubt that we have sinned – failed - more times than we can count.
The problem is when we continue to fail in the same way again and again. While Jesus didn’t condemn this woman, He clearly didn’t condone her behavior. He challenged her to change! He called her to give up her sin. Is there a sin or failure in your life that is holding you captive? What do you need to give up today to live a life that honors Christ? For much more, listen to the sermon from October 15 online.