In my previous blog post I shared my studies on John 8:1-12, and this post will be a continuation of it.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 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." Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
The Pharisees condemned the woman, yet Jesus forgave her. But He didn't just forgive her and permit her to go her way. He gave her a command: "Go and sin no more." When we are forgiven, it is not a free license to continue sinning. It is explicitly clear: we are to "sin no more."
Yet how can this be done since Ecclesiastes 7:20 says that there is no man who does not sin? Verse 12 gives the answer:
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
The only way to rid one's self of a sin is through Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, prayer, and study of the Scriptures He helps us overcome it. If we let Him. Studying His Word and refusing to change will not work.
Follow Christ. This is the solution in two words. Follow Christ. Let us not depend on ourselves, for we will not succeed on our own. It will lead to discouragement, and finally we will give up trying to 'fix ourselves.' Oh the power of Christ! Without Him we would be lost! With Him we can be everything He desires us to be! All we have to do is follow Christ.
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