‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more” – John 8,7,10-11
The woman knew she deserved to be punished. She expected death. Yet, Jesus – full of mercy – spoke in a very unexpected way, and extended grace to her, much to the surpass of the people watching. (If we were in the crowd, we probably wouldn’t understand it as well). Grace was clearly given where none was deserved.
Do I really understand grace? Do I really know that it’s completely undeserved?
Grace cannot be earned. Yet, if I’m completely honest, I often live my life as if to earn it, to ‘prove’ that I deserve His grace… either through my behavior, my commitment and service, or my hard work. Or even worse, through my so-called acts of righteousness.
What have I done that has given me the right to be His child, to be fully accepted by Him, and now to have the awesome and crazy privilege of serving Him full-time? Nothing!
I don’t deserve it, but I am a grateful, a very grateful recipient of His abundant grace in my life.
I know I desperately need to be anchored on this precious truth.