A Simple Request: ‘Go and Sin No More’

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

Did she? Did the adulterous woman ‘sin no more?’

I would imagine from that moment on she saw her actions in a whole new light. Literally. No longer a mistress but a woman of God. The very next verse in John 8 explains:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

She had something now. Someone. She now walked with Jesus. I’m sure temptation presented itself again but the desire to sin no longer had its appeal. With Jesus her past did not over shadow her future. Did not hinder her very next step in Christ. She had someone greater in her life to light her path.

The Bible tells us…No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But (when) you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.    1 Corinthians 10:13

How wonderful is God and His knowledge of ‘when’ temptations crosses our path. Not if but when. But God, once again shows us He is faithful. His way points to a better way. Jesus. This relationship establishes that our temptations no longer have the motivation they once had over us. And that in Christ this is an opportunity. An opportunity to turn around and be strengthened by the Spirit of God.

Dear brothers and sisters, (when) troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that (when) you faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for (when) your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4

God presents us with His very best. And I believe this woman of God went on to lose her reputation as an adulterer and gained the undeserved privilege of a follower. A follower of Christ.

Tahlitha Chadwick

Photo Credit: Alan Levine

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15 comments

  1. I’m so glad the Lord has given us a way to escape, when we find ourselves being tempted! Knowing, that even before the temptation, “he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” What a blessing! Lord may I choose the way to escape the temptation! God bless you! Wonderful post!

    Paulette

  2. Thank you too, Paulette. Those Wednesday praise and worship posts are wonderful to read and listen to. Very encouraging

  3. Thank you so much! 🙂

  4. I like how you look at sin – an opportunity to grow in our faith. With Jesus, confronting sin doesn’t seem nearly so intimidating.

  5. Hi Janna, thanks for reading.

    From a Christian viewpoint we can not grow in our sin. This woman was caught in the act of adultery and brought out to be stoned. The woman was tied to her sin. She was not going to grow in this affair. God intervened. He took what was death coming (the stoning) to show her that there is a better way. JESUS.

    Sin is when we allow the temptation to manifest, we give in to it. Not the temptation itself. We all are much stronger than we think we are, and that strength is found in Jesus. We as Christians are to flee, high tail it out there when temptation presents itself.

    Like the verse says ‘And God is faithful’. We truly have to seek and allow Him to be just that.

    Thanks again Janna. Have a lovely day.

  6. You’re welcome!

  7. I love this part Tahlitha . .. that temptation is an opportunity to turn around and be strengthened by the Spirit. 🙂 God bless you and the unique ministry He has given you! You are a blessing!

  8. Planting Potatoes · ·

    it is not so much that she would never sin again…we know that most likely wouldn’t be true…however, to be be lifted out of sin is so liberating and sweet….we can see our libation compared to sin and in that way, sin no longer looks so appealing…….

  9. Thanks Debbie. To God be the glory, temptation has a turning point 🙂

  10. Indeed. And I like those expressions of ‘liberating and sweet’.
    Yes we all fall short but just with a clearer understanding of our own stumbling blocks.

  11. Planting Potatoes · ·

    amen!

  12. For the longest time, I was always convincing myself that my addiction had such a strong hold on me that, at times, it was just overwhelming. What I eventually came to realize was that somewhere along the way of temptation, of giving in to the addiction, a choice must be made to either believe God (to stand strong) or believe the inner voice saying you’re not strong enough (to give in). Once I realized, however fleeting that moment of choice is, there is still that choice and it truly is choosing to remain in my sinful nature, THAT was when I grew strong enough to walk away.

  13. Hi Kent, thanks for sharing. May we all have those revelations for the temptations and struggles in life…that God delights in us when we turn to Him for the win.

  14. Joe Quatrone, Jr. · ·

    Hello Tahlitha! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I have been blessed by your blog and wanted to share it with others so they will be too.
    http://joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/versatile-blogger-award

  15. Thank you Joe! I’m honored to be among fellow writers like yourself in sharing the Gospel. It continues to be a blessing. I’m thankful for the nomination.

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