Free Indeed

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Earlier in (John 8:3), the religious leaders brought to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. They reminded Jesus that the law of Moses commanded them to stone the woman and asked what he had to say. They did this in order to test him to find something to accuse him of. Jesus knelt down and wrote on the ground. “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”” Jesus knelt again and continued to write and each of the religious men went away and left the woman. Jesus reassured the woman that he did not condemn her for her sin, but allowed her to go on her way and encouraged her not to continue in sin (John 8:3-11).

If Jesus had mercy on a woman caught in the act of adultery, and was willing to forgive and encourage her, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). Condemnation does not encourage salvation and demonstrating the love of God to others, will win them to God more than using religious rhetoric. Our actions scream a lot louder than our sermons and our willingness to show love to others. Salvation offers freedom and liberty to live a life free from sin. “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).

We know that our self righteous acts will not save us and it is by the grace of God that we have been saved. It is God who makes us righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ, which washes us from our sins. We don’t have to live burdened with guilt and shame, but when we confess our sins to God, we know that he is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

A.P.-Y.

17 thoughts on “Free Indeed

  1. Shame attacks our identity, condemns us, and our right to live. The enemy of our souls, attacks us with shame. Holy Spirit, however, convicts us of sin that leads to repentance and turning to God. It is by grace that we are saved, not by our performance or good works. As a side note on the woman caught in adultery, where was the man who committed the act with her?

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    1. Exactly my question about the man who was with her. 😂Of course women didn’t have the same rights which is why Jesus asked the ‘men,’ if they were without sin to be the ones to stone her. Double standards and judgemental and condemnation aren’t of God. 🙏🏾Bless you.

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  2. This is well-driven.
    Jesus had challenges with religious people and one of the verses coming to mind is this

    Matthew 9:12-13
    [12]When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
    [13]But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

    Have you ever studied the meaning of. ..I desire mercy and not a sacrifice?

    God wants people are willing and ready to spare and forgive than those who want to sacrifice the victims.
    Jesus came to save the victims but pharisiatic and parochial religious bigots are willing to sell off the same people we must always find ways to save.
    Thus the gist of the gospel isn’t my sister?

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    1. Amen 🙏🏾. To seek and save the lost. The religious spirit and the spirit of condemnation comes to kill. The devil is the accuser of the brethren so people with the spirit of constant accusation are operating like their father. 🙏🏾

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  3. OH! there is so much to say on this subject! we love to be forgiven, but we are so bold to not grant it. We have learned to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, but loving others as we love ourselves is on the back burner. If God forgives our sins, and does not hold it against us, why do we? When Jesus talked about the speck and beam in the eye, somehow we don’t think that the beam is ours but someone else’s. Like I said, so much we can say about this subject.
    God bless you.

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  4. My favorite question as well…if she was ‘caught in the act’ and dragged forward to be stoned, where was the (male) adulterer? I often suspect that one of her accusers was ‘that man!!’ , and I often wonder if Jesus wrote the initials of all those (men) in the midst who had committed adulterous acts with her previously🤷🏽‍♀️

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