Driving home and I recount the events of the day. I am filled with a grateful heart. A heart. The form of a heart appeared to me in the dark clouds as I left my job and I smiled knowing it was just for me. I took it in. God did that to remind me who He is, who I am, and how much He loves me.
I remember how I was once very lost. I subscribed to the ideology of the world and I did not call the sin in my life, SIN. I was just living my life and empowered by the freedom to do what I wanted to do. “SIN?! How dare you say that to me? As if? Call it what you want.” Any opposition to my sinfulness was simply ignorant and uptight. “Sheesh! Don’t you know who I am? Footloose and fancy free, and you and your moral code will not stop me! That’s just how I am. Freedom baby! I’ve got the power!!”.
Then I met the LORD Jesus Christ. Oh yes, He is real and He is alive.
So, here is the problem. Sin. I made a lot of choices that were sinful. Not only that, but being born into a fallen world is being born with a sin nature. Sin is a problem. A lifestyle founded in sin is a problem. It separates us from our Father in Heaven. It is not His best for us and He can’t accept it in us. It simply leads to death. The complete opposite of LIFE. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
I am troubled today by people who fight for the right to be sinful and flaunt it. It troubles me because not only are they being sinful, but I am now being asked to accept it. It is in my face and spoken of openly, and I, by saying nothing, may appear to accept it. If I speak my heart, I am deemed hateful and judgmental. This is a problem for me. I dislike being in this position. I turn my eyes to Jesus.
I remember Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. She was clearly caught up in sin. She was a sinner. I was a sinner. I relate. He addresses the maniacal mob ready to release the wrath of judgement. He writes something in the sand and proclaims, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Go ahead. Anybody…..Anybody……??? They drop their weapons and walk away. They were judging in their self-righteousness. I have judged in my self-righteousness. I relate.
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”6 They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneat her.”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:1-11
Now here is where it get’s more interesting to me. Jesus turns to the woman and says, “Where are your accusers?” (level playing ground here….we are ALL sinners….they have no right to judge you or to tell you what to do). But now she is alone with Jesus. The Son of God, the Son of Man. God Himself in the flesh. He is definitely NOT a sinner!! He loves us and He is also the giver of the LAW! He calls sin, by name, SIN!
With true love for this woman, He does not say, “Your accusers are gone. I understand you feel drawn to adultery. You like it. You always have. It is a part of you. I made you. I get it. You are right and they are wrong. Keep flaunting your sin and sinful nature. I got your back.”
“NO!!! He does not say this!!!! He says, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
“Go now and leave your life of sin”.
When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives, He forgives our sins as far as the east is from the west. It is not easy to look at the sin in our lives. When our accusers are more than we can bear, He forgives us and tells us to sin no more. Oh, how we need this precious Savior to forgive us again and again. When we don’t confess and repent, and when we defend the very sin in our lives Jesus died to free us from, we are in rebellion against God. Plain and simple.
May our hearts, yours and mine, be open to receive correction from our Lord. May we recognize and confess our sins to the One who cares and has the power to forgive us. May we turn away from our old sinful nature and put on our new nature in Christ Jesus.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent–the LORD detests them both. Proverbs 17:15