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Posted on November 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM

John 7:53 - 8:11 (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.” vs 10,11)

Most every Bible you'll read this passage from makes note of the fact that this story is not inclued in most of the original manuscripts. I, for one, am very glad it's there.

One of the things I struggled with the most after I left my "former" life behind, was the thoughts of what a rat I was. Even though I realized I was forgiven, and even though I had my revelation of grace, it still felt as though because of my past, God surely couldn't use me. I had been too bad. Shame and guilt weighed heavy. Man, was the enemy happy about this! He had me right where he wanted me.

This passage in John tells the story of a woman caught in adultery, whom the teachers of the law had brought to Jesus to catch Him in some silly detail. As He always did, He made them look foolish, but then he addressed the woman in vs 8:11. He didn't condone or ignore her sin, but neither did He condemn her. He simply said, "Go and sin no more". Obviously that's a tall order, and only with His constant and daily help can I even hope to accomplish such a feat, but listen...He's saying, "I don't judge you guilty. Your past is just that...your past. It's gone...as far as the east is from the west, just like the rest of your sin. Live free!" And then, He bends down and shows me how He wrote not on the ground, but on a cross, and not in the dirt, but with His blood, "Not guilty. Forgiven and forgotten." Then He looks back at me and says, "Now, let's get to work!"

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