An Adulteress Forgiven

by lois

‘Go and from now on, be free from a life of sin.’

‘Go and from now on, be free from a life of sin.’

Spirit, I bless you from the story of an adulteress forgiven. Whether you have walked in this flavour of shame or not most of us have been caught out doing something questionable where it didn’t end well. Shame has a way of freezing us in a frame of unrelenting bondage.

I bless you spirit, to walk toward that frame to experience Jesus’ flavour of freedom.

There were the gatherers who sought to condemn her. They caught her in the act. They saw. They knew. They shook their heads and wagged their fingers. The weight of their disapproval uncovered her. She was now on public display.

But Jesus in his wisdom separates out their stuff from hers. Because the weight they put on her never belonged there in the first place. What she did or failed to do was now between her and the Lord. And by separating out with his finger in the sand she finds all have left her-

‘Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him.’

She did not run or try to hide. She stood before him. Alone. ‘How is this?’ she might have been thinking. This man is well sought after. Crowds gather before he even shows up. One person got to touch the hem of his garment but that was after pushing through a throng of people. Here I stand with him because of my record of wrongs. Instead of isolation, I am face to face with the master!

This is the heart Jesus has toward you. The heart he gave you recognises and marks the day and hour of such visitation. It revisits those places with him waiting for us there. He has heard your heart’s cry and he has come.

An audience of one. His love wearing no disguise. He shows up at the worst of times, being dragged into the arena of shaming but now they are gone and the weight of their words, of the accuser gone with them.

Spirit, mark the day and the hour of visitation. It is a clean break, a fresh start.

‘Go and from now on, be free from a life of sin.’

She goes but not without an imprint of his touch on her life. Not without a redemption story that will be told for centuries more to come.

Spirit, be open to more of his touches where nothing else matters because he breaches and reaches those intolerable places and sets things in motion for you to live from the heart Jesus gave you.

I bless you, Spirit in the name of the one who holds the key to your living from your heart not your hurts. I bless you in Jesus name.

John 8

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