“Woman, where are they?  Did no one condemn you? … I do not condemn you, either.  Go.  From now on sin no more.”

Jn 8: 10, 11

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These are the words of Jesus in the story of the adulterous woman.  They are directed to her.  What do they tell us?  Show us?

They show us the liberating love of Jesus.  They tell us that believing in Christ frees us from the lure of sin, reduces the temptation of sin.  They tell us that He who is crucified was crucified for us – so that we are as believers freed of the penalty of sin, its corruption of our soul.

In this story we see in Him that we are set free from the things in us: the hurt and uncertainty, the betrayals and disappointments, the lies of others, the power of pleasure and the scourge of loneliness and ridicule, the evil and chaos of the world, the poison fruits of the brokenness of others – even those in our family members.

In Christ, sin loses its power, its attraction, its hold on us.  In Christ, we live more fully – less apt to falter, more apt to prosper in all that is good and whole and meant for us as children of a Loving Father.

In Christ our path is clear, the shadows lessen, missteps are fewer.

To those who wonder why one might believe, I say this:  when faith is present in you, your life is better, more fulfilled, easier, more certain.

And, I add this: when a culture honors God and encourages faith, it knows peace, prosperity, brotherhood, fellowship, community – and divisions fade for they are of no use, and liberty lives in faithful self-restraint and care of others more than self.

Finally, I add this: we are today a far distance from faith in this culture and the evidence of that is present in a multitude of ways, everyday – day after day.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”

Jn 8:12

Without God in culture, evil flourishes.

It is time to overtly live in Christ; for, we know and can see before us that the wages of sin are death.

Shalom.

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