What Religion does & What Jesus Did!

She was caught in an act of adultery. Dragged out of bed & shamed in public. Juicy gossip for the eager self-righteous! Can’t you just see their spiteful faces filled with glee?!!! Let’s stone her! but first, let’s bring her to Jesus so she can really feel like a low life, so she can get the ultimate condemnation & that’s sure to finish her off!

Ugly, isn’t it? What did Jesus do? I imagine his heart went out to the way this woman was being treated & the Master knew every sin that those desperate to stone her had done & were doing!

Jesus knelt down and simply wrote in the sand, what? I don’t know. Maybe he wrote, thief; wife beater, liar, etc; whatever it was, they skulked away pretty quickly! We know for sure that not one of them was FIT enough to throw the first stone, they were naughty boys & girls, too!

Notice that Jesus never told her that she should recite a prayer over & over or feel bad forever or instead of forgiveness she should be put on probation for a couple of years!

Jesus said “Neither do I condemn you.” Can’t you just see those tears falling from her face? The anguish of heart giving way to relief! You see, she had no doubt condemned herself way before any of those ugly hearted ‘do- gooders’ got hold of her.

Jesus never told her to go become a Jew or follow a religion of the day, instead, he gave her some wise advice for her future happiness, “Go! & sin no more. How could she not follow him after that loving, tender experience?

Jesus came to save & not condemn. It doesn’t mean you can live as you please because Jesus gave her sound advice, don’t sleep with that married man, you’re hurting other people & you’re hurting yourself first. I’ve freed you to live a life of loving God your neighbour & you can’t be loving your neighbour if you are sleeping with someone else’s husband. Think of his kids & go, live a better life, one that will benefit you.

It’s a beautiful account & you can read it for yourself in John 7:53–8:11, what encouraging points did you get out of it?

What must I do to be saved? Follow Jesus; believe in him & accept him as your Lord & Saviour, ask forgiveness for your sins & be at ease, he will give you the same loving consideration that he gave this woman.

 

 

God or as Jesus said: “Our Father”

I was totally confused about God. He seemed so remote & unapproachable. I would never be good enough so why bother! I don’t think like that anymore. I’m loved! Big time by God. Gaining this intimacy with Him has not so much been a journey but a realization, I know now that He has been with me all through my life, even at utterly Godless moments, He has been there all along & I feel religion hasn’t had anything to do with US, we’ve always been US, it’s just that I couldn’t see or feel His warmth because I believe the church system has always been telling me their version of God &, I wondered… if in these great cathedrals or churches in Europe, I merely go in and sit down and listen to a man tell me about someone I should know, know personally for myself; someone who deals with me as an individual, knowing me warts & all, then what am I doing listening to this man speak words that are so distant from the gentle, loving sound of Father’s love!

It became unbearable! In these days of such unrest, worldly unrest, the church is devoid of comfort &, a living God, like Father is, could never be in such dead places!

And so, I am happy. I believe I am beginning to know Father, an intimacy is growing, a bond has always been there but I couldn’t feel it when listening and nodding to other people, people who can’t have my relationship with God because it’s our intimacy and everyone must cultivate their own with Him. He knows us, it’s we who need to know Him & chatting to Him is a good way to begin.photo-1496245117357-df5fbb8d61b7

 

 

 

 

 

 

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