Devotions for August 15, 2014

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John 8:1-11

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Does your history disqualify you from Christ’s love and forgiveness? Do you hear condemnation telling you that, “you are wrong, you are stuck, and you will never have freedom?” Do you believe that, or do you hear conviction from God that says, “you did wrong, you can change, and I love you”? Can you “Go and sin no more?”

Q: Can you make the choice to put Jesus as the authority of right and wrong in every and all areas of your live? Even asking Him how to live under that authority? Will you not look for what feels good or lines up with what you want, but trust Jesus more than you trust yourself?

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