“…And Jesus said unto her,” ‘Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more.’
John 8:11 KJV
This morning I notice a typing error in an international devotional booklet. I had that moment of—even professional writers make mistakes. I know, however, that this publication does not make a practice of this, but instead strives for perfection.
Sometimes, in our Christian lives, we use other people’s mistakes as excuses for justifying our own sins.
When my children were growing up, I tried to teach them to avoid conflict. I told them, “If you respond to the people who wrong you by being mean, you are acting just like them. How are you any different?” This advice did not always go over well with them.
God used this principle recently to teach me about forgiveness of others. When people slight us, say unkind things against us, or wrong us, we may hold onto these hurts. Perhaps, we feel justified in our hearts for not forgiving them.
When we pray our Lord’s model prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, we are asking Him to forgive us as we forgive others. In verse 14-15 it says, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Jesus makes this message of forgiveness very clear. It’s what He commands and expects from us as believers.
Christians also sin, but we should not make it a practice of deliberately sinning. We have the privilege of asking God’s forgiveness, and He will say—“Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.” Amen
© Janet R. Sady