Text: John 8: 3-11.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (KJV)
The Story So Far…
So the Pharisees brought a woman caught in the very act of adultery to Jesus and said to him, “Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a woman, what do you say?” Jesus replied: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” When he said that they began to go one by one…then Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned thee?” She said, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said unto her, “NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU, GO AND SIN NO MORE.” Did you see that? God does not condemn us as a result of the things we do or fail to do, it is man who condemns.
One of the strongest weapons the devil uses against Christians is guilt. The devil makes us feel so guilty, condemned, unrighteous, and not-good-enough to receive God’s blessings as a result of our weaknesses and failures. But all that is lies from the devil. The Bible in Romance 5:8 said “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The reason the devil attacks us with guilt is to keep us far from God. So every time you stay away from God as a result of what you did, the devil wins. Guilt isn’t always a rational thing: guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.
A large numbers of believers are daily tormented by all sort of negative, self-sabotaging, and self-limiting thoughts; thoughts about how God must be angry and displeased with them because of their weaknesses and shortcomings.
But instead of thinking about how terrible you are before God, try thinking about how you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Think about how deeply and unconditionally God loves you. If believers understand the magnitude of God’s love towards them, they would begin to think and act differently.
Free At Last
As believers we must understand that righteousness is not earned, but is received and accepted. You don’t become righteous by your everyday effort; you don’t become righteous one moment and unrighteous the next, No! It’s constant.
Righteousness is not a feeling, but a state. We don’t walk by feelings but by the knowledge and revelation of who we are in Christ. Not many believers truly understand that righteousness is a gift from God. That is why many of us are still trying to attain it by ‘works’, effort, and performance.
Sin-consciousness is the result of trying to attain righteousness by works or performance. But as Christians we are called to be righteousness-conscious; to focus on God’s grace, and on what Jesus has done for us than on our performance.
Regardless of how you’ve lived your life, God is not mad at you, He’s forever pleased and delighted in you. He does not condemn you; he wants you to receive His gift of salvation and righteousness in Jesus.
Prayer: Father I thank you for the finished work of Jesus on the cross. I receive the gift of salvation and righteousness in Christ through faith. I declare that I am born of God, and have your life and nature in my spirit. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Halleluiah.