Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
John 8:1-11 (NLT)
The compassion and forgiveness that Jesus displays here always surprises me, but it shouldn’t. That is his character: one of unconditional love and forgiveness. I wonder how often I am quick to assume that Jesus would shun me or punish me for the way I behave when in reality his reaction would be one of grace and forgiveness. Jesus, help me to fully dwell in and understand your character. Forgive me for being quick to superimpose my misconceptions about you in my life.
In the end you will groan in anguish
when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
and now I must face public disgrace.”
Proverbs 5:11-14 (NLT)
There are often mornings I wake up for work, too tired to do anything but drag myself out of bed 15 minutes before I have to go and get myself ready. On those days, I get to work on time, but I miss out on the valuable time I can have with the Lord if I get out of bed even 30 minutes early. God wants to meet with me on those first quiet and precious hours of my morning and if I miss them, I am less aware of God’s presence throughout my day. Waking up early takes discipline, but, oh, it is so worth it in the long run. Lord, teach me discipline so that I might grow in you and feel your presence in a deeper way in my daily life.
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
Galations 4:4-7 (NLT)
I. LOVE. THIS. PASSAGE. There is so much freedom and joy in it! God sent his son to face the pain and the anguish of death and that bears much deep sorrow, but there is incredible hope in it also! God did this for a reason; he did so to adopt me as his own child. I am part of God’s family and because of that I never again have to worry about being captured and controlled by sin. I am an heir to the throne of THE king and that is something to sing and dance about (cue dance party music)! Lord, thank you so much that you have not only saved me from sin but you have adopted me as your own child. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your treasured family. Teach me to truly know and believe that I am yours everyday forever, especially in the deepest depths of my darkest day.