"I don't condemn you -- really. That's not why I came. I came to redeem your failures, not to punish you for your mistakes. Now go -- don't sin anymore. Start living a brand-new life today! Don't fall back into your same sinful habits. I will help you live a new life starting right here, right now."
Friends, is there a better picture of
Gods' heart than this -- the heart that invites someone to freedom instead of
indictment? Without excusing the woman's
sinful discretions, Jesus said, "Everyone has taken some wrong turns. Everyone is in need of forgiveness and
redemption and healing. Everyone needs
to know the love that only my Father can provide. That is why I've come." And with customary tenacity, He left the
temple courts that day, unwavering in His belief that His restorative vision
would one day be reality.
-- Bill Hybels in Just Walk Across the Room