Jesus healed the sick and performed miracles, all of which pointed to his identity. More importantly, he proclaimed the Good News of God’s love by forgiving sinners. It is the reason he went to the cross. In our Reading, a sinner, a woman caught in adultery, was brought to judgment. It was a trap for Jesus. What would he do? He began writing in the sand and said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw the stone.” He wrote in the sand again and, one by one, the accusers left. No one was left to condemn the woman; nor did Jesus. “Go now and leave your life of sin,” Jesus said to her. God’s Word has a lot to say about how God forgives us in Christ and how we are called to forgive others as we have been forgiven. “Forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Col 3:13) Let us remember how much we have been forgiven in Christ. Let us put down the rocks and forgive others as we have been forgiven, by releasing their debt, reconciling, restoring relationships, and refusing revenge and retaliation.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me forgive others as you have forgiven me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Doug Hefner,
Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.