IN A NUTSHELL: Jesus doesn’t discount sin, nor does he just ignore it, he pays for it so we don’t have to. Sin separates us from God, how could he just overlook it? It also separates us from each other. Everyone is focused on the woman caught in adultery, but what about the wife and children of the dad that has gone awol? But it is also important to realize He DOES NOT prefer one sin over another. An unfaithful heart is no less damaging than a critical one!
HIS LIGHT & LIFE:
- What other “Jesus stories” teach a disposition of grace over criticism? Lk 19:1-10; Lk 7:36-50; Mt. 9:1-8
- Where else do we see the religious leaders trying to “trap” Jesus? Lk. 20:20-38; Mt. 22:15; Mk. 12:13-17
- What should have been done if someone was “caught in the very act of adultery”? De. 22:22; 19:15
- Is if fair to say that Jesus does not expect us to hold each other accountable to righteousness? Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14; Titus 3:10; 2 John 9-11; Matthew 15:14; 23; John 8:44,55; 9:41
HIS LIGHT IN MY LIFE:
- Think back to your last debate with someone about a moral issue… what was their sin? What inappropriate attitudes did you bring to the debate?
- What sins do the average “church goers” spot in others and frequently hold them accountable?
- What sins do the average “church goers” tend to excuse in themselves (ourselves)?
- How can we as a church nurture dominant attitudes of grace, anticipating redemption while not relaxing our moral code of holiness?
- This story is consistent with Jesus’ disposition.
- It is easier to see the sins of others than our own.
- The disposition of legalism is criticism.
- The disposition of grace is redemption.
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