Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger 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.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”  – John 8:1-11

Jesus, porém, foi para o monte das Oliveiras. Ao amanhecer ele apareceu novamente no templo, onde todo o povo se reuniu ao seu redor, e ele se assentou para ensiná-lo. Os mestres da lei e os fariseus trouxeram-lhe uma mulher surpreendida em adultério. Fizeram-na ficar em pé diante de todos e disseram a Jesus: “Mestre, esta mulher foi surpreendida em ato de adultério.Na Lei, Moisés nos ordena apedrejar tais mulheres. E o senhor, que diz?”Eles estavam usando essa pergunta como armadilha, a fim de terem uma base para acusá-lo.

Mas Jesus inclinou-se e começou a escrever no chão com o dedo. Visto que continuavam a interrogá-lo, ele se levantou e lhes disse: “Se algum de vocês estiver sem pecado, seja o primeiro a atirar pedra nela”. Inclinou-se novamente e continuou escrevendo no chão.Os que o ouviram foram saindo, um de cada vez, começando pelos mais velhos. Jesus ficou só, com a mulher em pé diante dele. 10 Então Jesus pôs-se em pé e perguntou-lhe: “Mulher, onde estão eles? Ninguém a condenou?” 11 “Ninguém, Senhor”, disse ela. Declarou Jesus: “Eu também não a condeno. Agora vá e abandone sua vida de pecado”.  – Joao 8:1-11
If I’m being honest this is one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible, probably because nine times out of ten I feel like the women in the middle, except a little differently. Most of the time I’m the one wanting to throw stones at myself because of my imperfections and my failures. But I LOVE what Jesus says in verse 11. I was listening to a sermon today and was reminded of the importance of the order in which he says things.

Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now sin no more.

J.D. Greear said –

Jesus put her acceptance before her change, because He knew she would never have the power to change, until she had the assurance that she was accepted.  

And Jesus does the same for you and for me.

The best part is that this acceptance isn’t based on anything I can do, but it’s based on what Jesus has already done for me.

I cannot change on my own. I will fail every day. But I can live in freedom because my position before God never changes.

First God accepts us, then He gives us everything we need to live with Him and for Him. Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Mas receberão poder quando o Espírito Santo descer sobre vocês, e serão minhas testemunhas em Jerusalém, em toda a Judéia e Samaria, e até os confins da terra

Christians I beg you, let’s start living this way today.

Let’s stop judging ourselves and others and let’s be moved by the love of God to share that love with others.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Assim, quer vocês comam, bebam ou façam qualquer outra coisa, façam tudo para a glória de Deus. 1 Corintos 10:31

Resting in who God says I am today and that He will give me the power and the ability to do everything He asks of me

More thoughts to come, and lessons learned soon (: Thanks for being a part of this journey with me.

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