“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”John 8:10-11
I have committed a lot of sin in my life, and I will likely commit more if God gives me more years on this earth. I know the shame sin has brought in my life, and I know the shame it has brought to my family. No one has ever had to convince me I was a sinner as I have been aware of that fact for a long time. My problem was not knowing I was a sinner, but it was that I did not always truly turn from my sin. I can’t think of many sins more embarrassing than getting caught in adultery, but I am sure this woman as described in John was quite embarrassed being caught in such a sin and it being brought to the attention of Jesus. She would have been stoned if not for the intervention of Jesus, and He forgave her and told her to sin no more.
I have been one to look down on others for their sin and look past the sin in my own life. Looking down on others always makes one feel better about themselves. I know that is an awful thing to say, but I am being honest with you about my own shortcomings. Many looked down on this woman who was caught in adultery, but once Jesus wrote on the ground in silence, the people quickly dissipated and went their own way. We often look at people with our own standards and judgement, and we neglect the standard God has for our life. We forget the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:28, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” I know many a godly man who has had one look too many, and I know of some who needed a neck brace after the look they took. I stand guilty before God by His standard, and I am one who needs His forgiveness just as this woman caught in adultery did.
I have struggled with certain sins that I seemed to commit a hundred times a day, and I have struggled with God’s forgiveness. One thing I have noticed from this verse is the woman did not go back to Jesus to get confirmation of forgiveness. She did not ask Him, “Are you sure that I am forgiven?” She fully accepted the forgiveness of our Lord, and I imagine she followed His command to sin no more. She had been caught in a horrific, damaging sin but she learned there is no sin that cannot be forgiven from the Son who paid for them all. We often have a lack of faith when it comes to accepting God’s forgiveness, and we struggle and carry around guilt for sins that have already been forgiven. God knew the heart of this woman, and He knows your heart as well. He knows if you mean business in repenting, and you should know that He means business as well when it comes to forgiving. Colossians 2:13 states, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” All means all, and He forgives completely and He forgives all if we will confess our sins to Him.
Where are you today? Are you quick to judge others who are involved in a “shocking” sin, and unaware of sin in your own life? Do you apply the world’s standard of sin or do you apply God’s standard of sin? Do you struggle with accepting His forgiveness? Would you have been one who would have gone back to Jesus and asked Him if He really meant what He said? Do you question Him now when you ask for forgiveness? May we accept and trust His forgiveness when we ask for it, and may we take the admonishment He gave when He said, “Go, and sin no more.”