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Walking In Newness of Life
10/4/2017

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10 (NKJV)

Have you ever been caught in the act of doing something you shouldn’t have been doing?  I think we all have at some point. The embarrassment of being caught is usually enough to cause most people to turn from their inappropriate actions.  And yet there are many people who don’t feel this is enough — instead they delight in exposing the one who has been caught. Now admittedly there are times when a person's actions must be exposed, but more often than not, a simple confrontation in truth and love are only required. 

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2 (NKJV)

In the Book of John we can see a great example of Jesus bestowing grace upon a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.  It is interesting how Jesus confronted the Pharisees and scribes who were bringing accusation against this woman. Instead of getting into how she should be punished He chose to speak to them by saying, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Jesus knew the hearts of these men were bad, and their intentions were to trick Him and to cast the judgment of condemnation upon the woman — a right not belonging to them.  What is clear from this account is Jesus was not interested in exploiting this woman; He was interested in saving her.  He was not interested in condemning her; He was interested in forgiving her. The very attitude with which He responded to the women motivated and assured her of the ability to repent and turn from her sin. 

So, what valuable lessons can we learn from this story?

Well, if we are the one who has come across someone in the act of sin, we need to refrain from judging him or her unto condemnation. We can make a righteous judgment as to whether their action is sin based on what God’s Word tells us, but we must immediately move to help reconcile the person unto the Lord. Our attitude must be filled with compassion and grace, as we motivate the offender to seek the Lord. 

The second thing we can learn is Jesus spoke into the life of this woman. He didn’t belabor her sin or give her a 3-point sermon — He simply told her, “go and sin no more.”  This message said it all, as it spoke grace, and it contained love and compassion. Jesus cared for her and was willing to forgive her, but He wanted her to walk in newness of life. 

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 (NKJV)

It is the same for us today — we must put off the old ways and choose to walk in newness of life.  God has forgiven us our sin and we have been given an abundance of His grace and love.  Let’s not allow the lies of Satan to cause us to forget these great truths.  Let’s not allow the condemnation of the enemy to cause us to give up hope in walking in newness and freedom.  God loves us and will help us to do every good work.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 6:4 what can we learn about our new lives as Christian men and women?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you deciding to walk in newness of life each day, or is the enemy tempting you to be condemned of your past sin?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness.  Repent and choose to walk in newness of life.  You are a new creation in Christ Jesus.  Be filled with joy and allow God to use you as a vessel of honor.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your mercy upon my life.  Thank You for forgiving me of my sin.  Lord I choose to walk in newness of life today.  Help me as I seek to do what is right.  Give me Your wisdom today Lord and empower me to be what You have called me to be.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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