FORGIVENESS IS NOT CHEAP

John 8:1-11

She said, “No one, Lord,” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:11

No one knows what Jesus wrote in the sand the morning the woman caught in adultery was brought to Him. Some say He wrote the Ten Commandments. Others think He wrote the word forgiven. Regardless of the written message, the principle was clear: Grace would abound.

We can’t earn God’s grace. It is a gift he gives to all who come to Him seeking His forgiveness. Scantily clothed and lying at the Savior’s feet, this woman probably thought her fate was sealed. The punishment for adultery was death by stoning, a stark reminder that sin is neither kind nor respectful of those it takes captive.

Yet suddenly and unpredictably Jesus offered this woman a second chance. Warren Wiersbe commented, “For Jesus to forgive this woman meant that He had to one day die for her sins. Forgiveness is free but it is not cheap.”

Jesus was not soft on sin. “Nor is Christ’s gracious forgiveness an excuse to sin,” continued Wiersbe. “Go and sin no more!’ was our Lord’s counsel . . .

Certainly the experience of gracious forgiveness would motivate the penitent sinner to live a holy and obedient life to the glory of God.”

We need God’s grace because we have fallen short of His plan. Forgiven and blessed by His matchless grace are those who call Him Savior and Lord.

Savior, thank You for forgiving me and blessing me by Your matchless grace. You are the Lord of my life.

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