FORGIVEN

The free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Romans 5:15 (NKJV)

We cannot earn God’s grace. It is a gift He gives to all who come to Him. Lying at the Savior’s feet, the woman caught in adultery probably thought her fate was sealed. The punishment for adultery was stoning.

Yet suddenly and unpredictably, Jesus offered her a second chance. Warren Wiersbe writes, “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 TO SIN. “Nor is Christ’s gracious forgiveness an excuse to sin,” continues 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.” Grace is given so that we may know and accept what Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary.

Forgiven and blessed by His matchless grace are those who call Him Savior.

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