FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM
John 8:2-3 (TPT) At dawn Jesus appeared in the temple courts . . . in the middle of his teaching, the religious scholars and the Pharisees broke through the crowd and brought a woman who had been caught in the act of committing adultery and made her stand in the middle of everyone.
. . . The Scribes and Pharisees dragged in a prostitute whom they had tricked into adultery so they could use her to confront Jesus. – CW
This story reveals two extremes in the church today:
- Self-Serving Person—They use the Bible to control others
- They will trip you up in the area of forgiveness.
Proverbs 17:9 (EHV) A person who covers [forgives] an offense pursues love, but one who repeats the matter separates friends.
The Pharisees goal was to separate the people from Jesus. The Pharisees didn’t care who they hurt, they only cared about getting their own way.
Get away from divisive people. They will shipwreck your life.
Watch out for people who know the Word, but don’t know the God of the Word.
John 8:4-8 (TPT) Then they said to Jesus, “Teacher, we caught this woman in the very act of adultery. Doesn’t Moses’ law command us to stone to death a woman like this? Tell us, what do you say we should do with her?” They were only testing Jesus because they hoped to trap him with his own words and accuse him of breaking the laws of Moses. But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead he simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger. Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.”
Every man standing there had a sinful desire.
John 8:8 (TPT) And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust.
. . . this time the leaders looked at what he was doing and saw traced before them their own secret sins; their part in trapping the woman. – CW
John 8:9-11 (TPT) Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscience. Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. So he stood back up and said to her, “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?” Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.”
. . . I’ve forgiven you. So you may go, but leave your life of sin. – CW
. . . Go, and sin no more.- KJV
- Greasy Grace Crowd—They use God’s grace to excuse sin.
- They will trip you up in the area of freedom.
God has forgiven you of all of your sin (past, present, future)!
2 Corinthians 5:19 (NIV) God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
The problem is that the Church doesn’t understand what sin is. It’s NOT a list of the things that makes God mad at me. Sin is a poison. It’s a list of the things that destroy our lives.
Jesus came not only to forgive us, but also to free us. Satan doesn’t want you to find freedom.
- What do you want your life to look like?
- What pain or problems are currently holding you back?
- Those problems are connected to sinful thoughts and/or actions.
Repentance happens when we can connect the pain or problem we are facing to the way we are currently living; therefore, we decide to make a change and follow God.
Repentance requires two main things. For us to realize the pain “our way” inflicts, and the freedom and healing “God’s way” gives.