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Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2010


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The Power of Forgiveness

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 3/23/2010

By Kenneth Nix

“They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken into adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. The spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:1-12.

This is a powerful section of scripture that shows us much in regards to the power of forgiveness. Lets look at seven lessons found in this section of scripture.


1.Those in darkness are quick to accuse those around them, and do not seek justice and truth.

The leaders who brought the woman caught in the act of adultery weren't looking for justice. The woman was nothing to them other than a means in which they could accuse Jesus. In the years ahead most of us will face accusations. The accusations may be true at times and at other times they will be false. The accusations will not be in an effort to seek justice, they will be in an effort to hurt, damage, or destroy. We do not have to defend against these accusations. We need to state that all have sinned, but that we have been washed clean through the blood of the one who never sinned, the Lord Jesus.   We do not have to argue if the accusations are true or false.  


2. Look for the wisdom of heaven when dealing with those in darkness.

Jesus did not argue with the accusers that brought the woman before him. He did not question them in regards to the missing man that was also in adultery. He chose silence and started to write upon the ground, refusing to answer their questions. Ask God to give you heavenly wisdom and ask God to give you the gift of knowledge. Surrender to God and trust him to give you the words needed when and if they are needed.


3. Jesus chose to forgive. Mercy and forgiveness is the desire of the Mighty Ones of Heaven.


By the criteria set forth in the words spoken by Jesus,  “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,”  there was only one that could accuse her and that was himself. The Mighty Ones of heaven know when we sin. We are condemned and found guilty under the law, but mercy and forgiveness can be found. Punishment is not  what they desire, they desire repentance and obedience. They desire to show mercy.


4. Forgiveness brings life and removal of accusation.


While faced by her accusers the woman faced death. We are told  in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sin causes all of us to face death. We are as the woman in that we are defenseless before our accuser. We are guilty and in sin find ourselves chained and bound. But in forgiveness we are empowered. We find everlasting life through our Savior.


5. Forgiveness does not take away the need to be obedient unto the law.


Professing Christians today, will readily claim forgiveness through our Savior, but also claim that grace found through Jesus causes the law to be done away with. The term used often used is, “once saved always saved.” Not all Christians embrace this but many do. It allows a person to live as they desire, not as God desires. But the scripture that we have used as the basis of this article clearly shows that Jesus told the woman accused to go and sin no more. In forgiveness she was given the freedom to be obedient and to walk in the light.


6. Once forgiveness is given, change and repentance is to take place.


It was clear that Jesus did not condone the actions of the woman accused. Jesus showed that he desires to have mercy. He then expects the kind of repentance that brings forth lasting change. See II Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” The woman in this encounter with Jesus was given the opportunity of life. But when she left Jesus it was in her hands. If she had godly repentance she was going to walk in the obedience of love.


7. Forgiveness gives you the power to walk in the light.


The change needed in her life, the change needed in all of man's lives is possible through the power found in forgiveness. Jesus came to die for us while we were yet sinners. The Mighty Ones desire obedience and change. They have given us the power to walk that path.



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