“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.
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