Forgiven and Free



“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11 NIV).

 Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery recorded in John 8:1-11? If you aren’t familiar with it, go back and read it in John 8 or visit my last  blog and read a re-telling of the story titled The Stone Unthrown.

To recap, the Pharisees had brought this half-dressed woman to Jesus right in the middle of his teaching and tried to snare him in a trap. Should she be stoned or set free? As this woman listened to the Pharisee’s question Jesus, she understood his dilemma. If he set her free, the Pharisees would accuse him of ignoring the Law of Moses and deem him a heretic. If he sentenced her to death by stoning, then his teachings of grace and forgiveness would be negated.

The religious leaders already held the stones in their clenched fists, anticipating his reply. Their hearts were as hard as the rocks they held in their hands. But rather than give a quick answer, Jesus moved his gaze from the trembling woman and stooped to the ground. With his finger, the very hand of God-made-man, he began writing in the dirt. A frigid chill swept through the Pharisees pious robes. Suddenly they felt the rawness of naked exposure as Jesus’ eyes looked up at each of them and without a word, uncloaked their sinful thoughts and desires. With one look from Jesus, they stood soul bare and more exposed than the half-clad woman before them.

Everyone held their breath. The silence was deafening. The tension was palpable. Finally, Jesus rose and delivered the verdict.

“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Then Jesus squatted once again and continued to write.

One-by-one the Pharisees unclenched their fists, dropped the stones, and filtered through the crowd. The older men who had accumulated a longer list of sins turned to leave first, with the younger ones not far behind.

After the last of the Pharisees cleared the scene, Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers?  Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she replied.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Now, let’s bring this story home. Imagine yourself standing before God on your day of judgment.  You know all that you have done. Satan is pacing back and forth reading your long list of sins.  But then Jesus steps forward and takes the list from the accuser. Looking over the accusations he begins: “I paid for this one, and this one, and this one, and this one….”

Finally, reaching the end of Satan’s meticulously penned and amazingly accurate enumeration of all your shortcomings, Jesus begins to tear the paper into shreds. He cups the pieces of the destroyed list of failures in his nail-scarred hands and then, with the breath of grace, blows them as far as the east is from the west. Wiping his hands together as if completing a work, he glances back over to the Judge, “All gone,” he says with a smile.

Satan grumbles under his sulfurous breath, and slinks back to his darkened cave – foiled again.

God looks up and asks you, “Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” you reply.

“Then enter my eternal kingdom and find rest.”

Friend, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and if you are still feeling condemned, know that condemnation is not coming from God. Our enemy, the devil, is called the “accuser of the brothers,” and he is the accuser of the sisters too. The Bible tells us that he marches before God accusing believers night and day (Revelation 12:11). “She did this and she did that and this and that and this,” he hisses.

And God replies “Really?  I don’t remember? “

Then He looks at you with a welcoming smile.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank You for forgiving me of my sins. Thank You for washing me clean. Thank You that when the enemy accuses me before You, Jesus steps forward to announce He’s paid my debt and set me free.In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you truly believe that God has forgiven you of your sins? If you’re not sure, read 1 John 1:9.

Notice the last thing Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery. What was it?

Jesus wasn’t saying that what she did was OK. He called sin a sin. Could it be that He is saying the same to you in a particular area of your life today? (Sorry. I just had to go and make it personal, didn’t I?  But that’s what girlfriends are for!)

What is the one thing about today’s story that speaks to you the most? Share your answer in the comment box.  Let’s celebrate forgiveness together!

Want More? 

Today’s devotion was taken from my book, What God Really Thinks about Women: Finding Your Significance through the Women Jesus Encountered. We tend to read the gospels with our twenty-first century eyes. But when we understand how oppressive the culture Jesus stepped into was against women, we begin to understand just how radical Jesus’ ministry, messages, and miracles were at setting women free. He risked His reputation to save theirs…and yours.

68 Responses to Forgiven and Free

  1. Roz Norris July 10, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    That Jesus loves me despite of my sins, to be loved without question or performance. It has taken me time to truely grasp and believe this. Thank you for these daily devotions, they are a real lifeline.

  2. sarah Kershner July 10, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Thank you for sharing this story.What I learned today from this is that I feel so ashamed because I judge people and I don’t want to be that way.It is just hard to except people when you know that even being Gay is wrong.It is a sin and marriage should be a husband and wife relationship. There are wonderful people out there but I have a hard time excepting that they are in a relationship with same sex partner and so how do I over come this? God bless you in your walk with the Lord. Sarah

    • Mary Ritchie July 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      This was a great story. I always feel better reding your devotionals. Thank you

  3. Nonyelum Okechukwu July 10, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Today’s story is so poignant as it gave me a ready tool to defeat the constant accusations of the devil. It reminded me forcibly of the unconditional love of God and His grace that welcomes me always.

  4. Ellen July 10, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Thank you for your post of today. It made me cry, which is usually a sign that the Spirit wants me to pay attention, because there is an important truth here. A truth that speaks to my heart.
    What speaks to me most here is the image of Jesus taking away my sins. I must admit that I sometimes sin willingly. Oh, I put up a fight at times, but I know beforehand that I will give in to my anger or grief. And yet, Jesus died for these sins. He didn’t just die, He suffered, He wad tortured, He died a very painful death.
    But does He hold a grudge against me for that? No! He may shake His head when I sin. Sometimes He reminds me gently of what it cost Him. But when Satan comes to accuse me, Jesus is ready to claim me as His own. I can only marvel at His love. I didn’t deserve this. What a great Lord we have!

  5. Kefo jahtara July 10, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Before all I thank God almighty who can richly bless you to bless others like me. This was one of my favourite stories and I’m blessed indeed…

    In this story i admire and praise God for the verdict laid. Imagine if one of our judges will make a decision on this case. They would gather volume of law books and dig deep and wide but would not come close to that simple yet once and for all decision that serves without condeming all parties involved. Praise God the very hand that created us and the very hand that inscibed his everlasting law on tablets of stone crouched low to remind us that “no one is righteous” I thank God that I’m serving an eternal righteous and powerful yet graciuos king.

  6. Heather Kuhn July 10, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    The one thing that stood out in the story for me is how you related it to our lives and how we might feel if it were us. I have always loved this story because it is yet another way Jesus shows his love for us and the Pharisees think they can truly “get” him in this one and once again he outsmarts them! I love how he never fell for any of the trickery and took time to think things through before answering.

  7. bonnie July 10, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Not only is this a wonderful story about Jesus’s grace and unfathomable wisdom, but for me it is a gentle reminder about being quick to judge. It’s often so easy to see someone else’s sin while not considering my own. No one could throw that first stone. How often do we look to see our own sin before we join the world in condemning others?

  8. Marsha July 10, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I’m not very good at the computer; in fact I’m locked off my email..because they say my password isn’t right! Anyway; whats important after reading your devoction is to hear from you more or less its the enemy that is telling me that I’m not okay with God! I really know that; but to read it from you brought it to life for me! The freedom to know we are no longer condemed takes away the right for satan to bug us like he tries so hard to do! I have so much to improve in my life with the Lord’s help with his grace; In the mean time I want and need to know HE loves me just for me. I received him as Lord at age 26; I’m now 60.

  9. Donna July 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I am that woman. I know how she feels. My heart is very heavy and troubled I need peace.

  10. Pat July 10, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Thank you for revisiting this story. I am caught in a web that sometimes I feel like I can’t break…doubt, insecurity and fear. But I also have issues with fully trusting GOD as I should. I let the enemy talk to me and try to get me not to have faith. Please pray for me. But I thank GOD that he has not punished me as I deserve. I ask that you pray that I will have a willing heart and not be selfish and self-centered as I am right now. BTW, I love GiG devotions, I get them in my daily in-box at work.

  11. Barb July 10, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I often wondered just what Jesus was writing in the sand. The thought came to me today as I was reading this that He must havve revealed to each of them some sin that they thought no one knew about. That would certaiinly stop me in my tracks! I have lived an unbelieveable sinful life and have been redeemed bby the blood of the LAmb of God and each and everyday I am praising Him for what He’s done for me. I’ve been set free.

  12. Marie July 10, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I woke up this morning feeling the weight of my sins and blaming them for my current problems…thinking that Jesus is still mad at me and this is my punishment. Thank you for the much needed reminder that this is not how He works. Jesus paid in full for my sins, I have accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, He is my salvation and I’ll be ok. Thanks for the reminder,

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      God sent you just what you needed when you needed it.

  13. Denise July 10, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    This devotion reminds me that when God forgives, He forgives and forgets the sin. He doesn’t dangle it over my head as a constant reminder of my being human. He doesn’t use it to guilt me into following Him or being faithful. He forgives and lets it go. I am soooo thankful that He handles it in this way because I’d always feel guilty about the sins I’ve committed. I am thankful that He loves me enough to accept me in my humanness and understands that I’ll make mistakes; yet He knows my heart and the sincerity I feel when approaching His throne and asking for forgiveness.

  14. Natalie July 10, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Oh boy this message made me cry today because its so powerful the love and forgiveness from God and when you really stop listening to the devil and begin to listen to God, you knpw that you have another chance to redeem yourself…as lonf as you stay away from the life of sin that you once asked for forgiveness from then you will feel right with God. Thank you Jesus for forgiving me of my sin!

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      It makes me cry too!

      • Shirley Lowes July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

        I am grateful to know that my sin has been erased and I am embraced, by Jesus. His work on the cross has flung my sin so far that it is no longer remembered. Oh if only I could forget as he does. But erased and embraced I will accept with a loving heart.

  15. Patricia July 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Ilove knowing that Jesus forgives all mysins and is ready to taken on the devil to keep me by his side.Thank you Jesus for standing up for me and forgiving all!

  16. shannon July 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Thank you for this story it means so much to me. I know that Jesus has forgiven me but I have a huge problem with forgiving myself. That may sound crazy but I’m very critical of myself. Thank you so much. again

  17. Kelkyann July 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    This is one of my favorite passages and your message is awesome! Satan loves to remind me of my sins and I’m finding that the closer I get to God, the more a know His voice and the quicker I can diffuse Satan’s lies with God’s truth. I smiled in my heart and on my face reading your post this morning. Thank you for the reminder of God’s love and forgiveness.

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      I always say, Satan has no future, so he just keeps bringing up our past. Too bad for him…we are forgiven and free.

  18. TLB1 July 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    For about three months I have been doubting and living with guilt in helping a friend. A real battle with myself and what I felt was the Lord- telling me to do. I didn’t listen to my gut and instead allowed my feelings to be hurt. Furthermore, I felt obligated to help because I was in need and he helped me. My problem was I kept doubt and negative thoughts in my mind of how I’m not good enough- no matter how I try to show my good through my actions. I prayed to God to remove him from my life- I’m not good at standing on my own, I let things run its course with very little confrontation. I had these sudden knudges within, but didn’t know if it were my thoughts or God. I really got tired and found myself despising my friend and blaming him for little things. He and I both sinned and lived together, but now he is moving out. I tried to change him to be giving and loving like me, and discovered this is what I’ve done with all my relationships. I find myself with men who have a need that I try to fill and the cycle begins. Me giving all of me; mind, body and soul. I say I dont want anything in return but I do, I want to have it come back to me. That’s where I doubt my actions are genuine and of God. I truly want to value myself more and not feel I’m far from Gods grace because of my actions. I hate feeling like I’m not good enough. I’ll be 30 in a few months and still question if God will have enough grace and mercy for me. Please pray for me, I want to better myself.

    Thank you for your message.

  19. nikki July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    This bible study today makes you think about casting stones when somethings notg to your liking. We (me included) will condemn and condemn, but what about self when are we going to condemn that one person. No, we don’t condemn that one pray and cast condemnation on others. oh, I felt this one (bible study) strongly.

  20. Janice July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
    Then Jesus squatted once again and continued to write.
    One-by-one the Pharisees unclenched their fists, dropped the stones, and filtered through the crowd. ”

    – This just shows that none of us are without sin, therefore we are not in the position to condemn others for their sin.

    Really enjoyed and learned alot from this. Couldn’t help but to share it with co-workers.


  21. Tracey July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I love this!! Thank you for sharing this great story of forgiveness. I use to think I had to hold on to my sins…always remembering the bad things I have done and not feeling worthy of the life that God had blessed me with. I now know that I am worthy in HIs sight and he has brought me to this place in my life to exhalt Him!! I am still a sinner, but a forgiven one! For that I am grateful and blessed!!

  22. Donna July 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Today’s devotional literally brought tears to my eyes. For most of my life I felt little self worth. I sought love in all the wrong places trying to make up for love I lacked in my childhood home.. I’ve made so many mistakes in my life, but to know that God sent his son to pay for ALL my mistakes is sometimes so hard to fathom. It’s overwhelmingly emotional and humbling. The message also reinforces that I should never judge others. It’s not my job. I need to show compassion to others – love the person, not the sin. Hope you don’t mind, but I shared today’s devotional with my FB friends. There is someone out there that needed to hear this message as much as I did.

    Love and blessings!

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

      Oh friend! I never mind anyone sharing my blog/devotions. I want them to! Please share away.

  23. Darlene Taylor July 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I can relate to the woman in the story. I accepted Jesus as my saviour when I was about 12 years old but never realized exactly what all it meant. When I was a young adult I strayed so far from Him into a life filled with sin. Sleeping with men, adultry, etc. Hurting people I didn’t even know. But around 1995 I felt this hole in my heart and I know exactly what it was. I went back to church and rededicate my life to Jesus Christ and I know that I am forgiven. It is the best feeling in the world.

    Somebodypray forme, please know that someone is praying for you too.

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      It is a wonderful feeling!

  24. Colleen July 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    “Go, and sin no more” is what hits me the most this morning. I wish I could say that I will sin no more. One day, when I die and go to heaven, THEN I will sin no more. That thought comforts me. Until then, I will do the best I can.

  25. Rhonda Blair July 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Sharon: thank you for today’s devotion. I also loved the way you told this story on last weeks devotion. This devotion has taught me that I really am forgiven. It took me an extremely long time to get the fact that Jesus forgave me. Not realizing that I was forgiven caused me to not forgive myself. I thank God that he has beaten that into my head, and now I feel so free. Satan was really trying to hold me back with guilt. When I started studying, (reading your devotions and others) I started realizing that God’s character is not vindictive. I do have a question. Where can I find more in depth material about different people and places in the bible. I would like to know the history and facts as you explained at the bottom of the devotion in “More From The Girlfirends.” I am always curious about the settings and the biblical characters.

    Rhonda Blair

  26. LaShonda Livingston July 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    i love reading your devotion story every morning and when i do read them it touches everything in MY LIFE. I believe in GOd and i do have faith BUt the Devil is a LIe i try everything when it comes to a relationship..ok YEs when i was a little younger i was sleeping around because i feel because i was single but now im in a relationship and its a up and down relationship and it all about TRUST that its really hard for me

  27. Nancy July 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    wow – the picture of Jesus saying “I paid for this” when each of my sins is revealed – humbles me and reminds me again of how much He loves me and the price He paid for me. Thank you for this reminder!

  28. Toni Wortherly July 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    The thing that speaks to me about this woman and all women like her in the Bible is that God forgives us and not only that, once we are forgiven, we can still be used by Him if we go on and live a life in obedience to Him. Here are some of my other thoughts on this:

  29. Rebecca July 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    For me one of the best parts of this devotion would have to be when the devil hisses “she did this and that…”, but God replies, “Really? I don’t remember.” Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, you and I can stand forgiven and free from the bondage of sin. Wow, it always amazes me just how much He LOVES us!Thanks so much for all the wonderful reminders of God’s promises to us, Sharon.

  30. Gina July 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder. So often I hear people say things like “well they say they are a Christian but…”. So often we think that because we are a Christian we are allowed to judge others’ fruit and forget to “judge not lest you be judged” and the above, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. I’m so grateful that God is the judge and knows my heart and its striving to be near him and seek him with my all, every time I stumble. No I’m far from perfect. I’m so glad I’m loved by Jesus anyway:)

  31. Lakeeia July 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    It is amazing how God works. I was just reading this passage of Scripture this morning. I have been a Christian for over nine years and I have never sat and read through the entire BIble and I’ve committed to read through it and I’ve started in the Book of John. John 8 was apart of my Bible reading this morning and this story really touched my heart., especially the ending. “Neither do I condemn you. Go and leave your life of sin.” How amazing is the forgiveness of God. My natural mind cannot understand it. It reminds me of what Jesus says in another passage in John when he was talking to the Pharisees and the people in the crowd. He says, “You judge by human standards.” Jesus doesn’t judge us by that. He looks at our heart. He does what is pleasing to the Father. Amazing! I believe He knew that the adulterous woman was sick of the life she was living and she wanted to be free from it. He loosed the chains of bondage and set her free, but she had to make choice and take the key. This passage of Scripture in John 8 is so freeing. And it shows me how loving He is. Praise God of His mercy and His grace!

  32. Angelica July 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    It’s so difficult to forgive myself for my past, but I know that God has forgotten it. It was a blessing to read your message this morning and know that it is Satan doing the pointing but it’s God erasing them with his mercy. Thank you for the reminder.

  33. Sunshine Holden July 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi, my name is Sunshine Holden and i read your emails daily as strenth and hope to get me threw my days. Sunday my husband and I were baptized and washed new from our sins but may i add just last week my heart was broken in pieces from my husband being unfaithful and untrusting while i work 40 hours a week he was caught online setting up a time and place to cheat on me behind my back in our house! so im still hurting and trying to move on . Today on my way to work we got into a disagreement about the trust he demands back that was lost in his adultry and threw in my face my sin of the anger and pain of struggling to trust him again and since i was born again i felt gulity for throwing in his face his past that God has forgien him for until i read todays message so thank you .

  34. ellen luney July 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    hey Sharon…Thank you for the story today,it brought tears to my eyes too. I could see Gods love and compassion fresh and new in this story….I needed this today….Bless You….

  35. Nan July 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    This story reminds me that God is a loving God and always waiting for me to ask for forgiveness. God reached down and pulled me out of the mire of addiction and forgave me my sins. For that I will be eternally grateful and will follow his lead,

  36. shawan childs July 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    For one i just have to say this ministry is soooo amazing. The articles have blessed me in so many ways. Today, July 10, is my birthday and when i went to my email and read todays post i was misty eyed. I turned 40 today and had so many regrets for choices made in my 30’s. I went astray for a while and recently came back to the Lord. This morning I was feeling a little down when reflecting on the past and I went to my bible and opened it and it was open right on Isaiah 65:17 For behold i create a new heaven and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

    Then I opened my email at work and went to your daily devotion and the first words I saw were…
    July 10, 2012
    Then Neither do I Condemn You

    I was so full spiritually at that moment. That i didnt read the entire article.

    While at work I heard the words “Psalm 65” come into my thoughts. So I went there and vs 3 and 11 brought tears to my eyes. vs 3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. vs 11Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. Then a co-worker who knew nothing of what I was feeling today sent me an email which read, “Learn to focus on today which will prepare you for tomorrow. Let the past go, by holding on to the past you are hindering progress.”

    God is soo wonderful!!!
    So i just went back and read your entire article and all I can say is I am sooo thankful for the love of God and for using people to share His love. I feel brand new!!!

    Thank you ladies for being God’s light on this earth. You have been such a light to me while in darkness.

    I love you ladies!!!! You are a daily blessing to me.
    Thank You Heavenly Father for loving all of us and sharing that love through us to one another!

  37. Melissa July 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Finally, reaching the end of Satan’s meticulously penned and amazingly accurate enumeration of all your shortcomings, Jesus begins to tear the paper into shreds. He cups the pieces of the destroyed list of failures in his nail-scarred hands and then, with the breath of grace, blows them as far as the east is from the west. Wiping his hands together as if completing a work, he glances back over to the Judge, “All gone,” he says with a smile….This paragraph brought me to tears, knowing that God is so loving that he made the ultimate sacrifice so we could be together someday. It’s so powerful. I loved todays devotion.

  38. Patricia July 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I thank you for that word Sharon. I have been having a problem with forgiving some family members myself, and I’m really trying to move pass the situations. But this has helped me in so many ways. Blessings to you.. In order for me to be successful in my calling from the Lord I have to forgive others for there sins as God forgives me.

  39. Brittany July 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Thank you very much for sharing this devotional! I sometimes feel weighed down by guilt of mistakes I’ve made. God pursued me and saved me even though He knew every every mistake I made and would make. Even after confessing sin sometimes I’ve felt guilty, especially this morning yet I felt God reminding me He had forgiven me yet to be more careful. What a way to remind me of that!:)
    The good Lord bless you sisters. <3

  40. Barbara July 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    This story speaks to me especially today. I have been wrongly accused and judged by my daughter in law who have never had to walk a mile in my shoes. It has been 2 years but it still deeply saddens me that we will never have a relationship again. She could have just talked to me but chose to cut off all ties. I tried to forgive her but she stated there is nothing to forgive. Anyway I will always love her for she is the mother of my grandchildren and wife of my son. As long as she is good to them all is well. They live out of the country which makes it easier to not be in the same room but eventually they will return to the states. I really need lots of prayer with this. Thank you for your devotions for they always lift my spirit.

  41. sharlini July 11, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    I was that woman years ago. I was in that very place because of what I had done. There were many people ready to cast their stones at me. But God silenced all the accusing lips and set me free from bondage to sin. This story is my story. I still have people standing ready to accuse me. But I have now come to learn that if the Son set me free I am free indeed!

  42. Caitie July 11, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Two words, thank you! I’m 13 so I often find myself judging others, but because of today’s and yeasterdays messages I am more aware of what I am saying. I even made a rock that says forgive like the one in The picture and I keep it on my nightstand. It reminds me that we need to love more like god and brush away the hate from Satan. He does not influence us if we believe and devote ourselves to God!

    Thanks again!

  43. Fay Greory July 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Jesus Love and compassion is what speaks to me the most. Also, the fact that Morah was the only one brought before Jesus when it was Marah and Zachariah that were both engaged in sinful behavior.

  44. Randi July 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Love the fact that sometimes it only takes very few words to make a situation right – no need to worry about what to say as the Holy Spirit will lead us in what to say. So refreshing since I sometimes concern myself with worry over what I’m going to say to “defend” my position. Love, also, how all it took was a look from Jesus and they were standing more naked (sin wise) than the half-dressed adulterous woman. Gotta love Jesus!! He corrects us (me too) and shows us what’s “wrong” in our own lives instead of focusing our attention on others sins.

  45. Maria July 12, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I needed this story. I am trying to do what is right and good in God’s eyes and I seem to always screw up one way or another so it seems. I seem to succumb to temptation. When I do, I feel like what’s the use. The spirit of discouragement comes upon me. The accuser starts in on me and my self loathing creeps in my soul. (I know over-dramatic.)

    After your story, I decided that tomorrow is a new day and I am a child of the most high. I will scrape off the enemies attacks and move forward with more conviction. “Surely mercy and goodness follow me all the days of life.” Psalm 23 verse 6.

    Thank – you Sharon!

  46. Mercy Phiri July 12, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    After the accusers of the woman had ran away, Jesus was left alone with this Woman, lets be left alone with Jesus,Who is our Lord and saviour, and will never condemn us.

  47. Carole July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Thank you once again for a timely reminder of how special we are to Jesus. I am in my second loveless marriage, but thanks to the unconditional love Jesus gives me, I am living a full and happy life. Just knowing that I am the daughter of our King is enough for me.

  48. Marianne Hertel July 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    My destiny appointment with Jesus was June 28,1970. Instead of going to a friend of the family for a picnic dinner I stayed home. I was watching Billy Graham,who I have watched many times before. But that night,this lonely 15 year old girl found out how much she was loved by Jesus!! Than you,Father for sending Jesus to find me and save me!!

  49. Nancy Rushing July 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    This is a great reminder of what God can do with our sins. He forgives me way before I forgive myself. Even now after salvation, when we make a mistake, he forgives us, and helps us to ‘go and sin no more.’ I used this as a devotion at our recent Womens Ministry meeting. Thanks so much.

  50. Alanna July 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    I’ve been free since June 26, 1997. Thank you Lord for your unconditional love and grace.

  51. Jackie July 15, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Feb 22nd 2009. Please pray for me. I’m 38 weeks pregenant, have been arguing with my husband constantly, including tonight, for out 10 month marriage. I don’t know how much longer I can handle his meanness, having to support him, along with my other children. I really don’t know what to do but the stress is way to much.

  52. theresa July 17, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    I looked into the passage once and wondered if this woman, had a name, and followed where she went afterword. Do you know her name and where else she appeared in the Bible?. I love this part.

  53. Erika July 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    She lived a life that glorified GOD!

  54. Terri July 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    I think the woman that was healed went everywhere shouting of Jesus’ mercy and healing power.

  55. Thembelihle July 18, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Thank you so much for wise and assuring words no doubt in my mind ,by the blood of Jesus i am saved.

  56. Heather July 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    With God all things are possible! When we are pushed to the edge of ourselves, the best response is to reach out to Jesus. I think that He allows certain things to occur in our lives so that when we have had enough of ourselves trying to solve the issues ourselves, we instead reach out to Jesus. He is in control and He knows everything. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added unto you.” Jesus reveals how Awesome He truly is by breaking off all that is not of God: social boundaries, fear, stigmas, etc. After the woman shares her testimony, I believe that she continued to share her testimony with others, because Jesus had showed her how to safely do this. I also believe that she went onto become apart of her community and stood as a light on a hill for all to see! Praise you Lord Jesus for all of the healing that you have done for each and everyone of us!!! We are humbled by the blood of Jesus!!! Amen!!!

  57. kelly July 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I am no grasshopper

  58. Terri Watson Wright July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for the encourgement. May God bless you and continue your success with reaching so many people. “I’m no grasshopper”!

  59. Debbie July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I’m no grasshopper! Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

  60. Jesus Love October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    This is a great reminder of how Jesus loves us.

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