Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them,“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:2-11) Read the whole chapter here

This is a story of ultimate grace. This woman was caught in her sin, brought before Jesus, and the crowd was expecting Jesus to condemn her for her actions.

Jesus didn't do what was expected of him. Jesus did what Jesus does for you and what he wants to do for everyone: extend grace.

Jesus extends the double edge sword of grace: never condemning, but always changing. Jesus extends that same sword to you today. He doesn't want to condemn you, but he does want to change you. When you become a follower of Jesus, he changes your heart, but he also wants to change you every day after that to become more like him.

Today, remember that Jesus extended that double edge sword of grace to you. Extend that same grace to those around you by not condemning them, but by loving and showing how God can change them.

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