Prayer (5 minutes):
- Praise Jesus for coming and demonstrating what true love is for us
- Confess any instances in your life where you have feared man rather than soley fearing God
- Ask Him to give you the boldness to tell the truth of the Gospel, and to live out the love of Christ this week
Scripture (5 minutes): John 7:53-8:11
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the phrase below. Think about what it means for your past, your future, and this week ahead.
Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.
Jesus practiced meditation and prayer for hours and days at a time.
Often, after He’d speak to a large crowd or spend time with a number of individuals, He’d go away into the mountains by Himself and spend time with the Father. On this occassion, He did so for the entire night, which is impressive when you consider the lack of electricity, limited wardrobe, and complete dearth of take-out food options available to Him. No coffee. No flashlight. Just Jesus communing with the Father & Spirit. Wouldn’t you love to be in the bushes nearby for one of these conversations?
When He returns He’s confronted by the Pharisees who want to punish a woman who was caught in the act of adultery.
Often, our image of God would conjure a being who’d strike this woman dead for her sin, and instill fear into all of those who were watching.
Instead, Jesus listens before speaking, then says few words when He finally responds to the issue. Simply, He asks the one who is perfect in the crowd to throw the first stone. Obviously the woman lived.
This short story of Jesus’ love encapsulates the Savior in ways we often forget. He is kind, and He loves us. He did not come to condemn, but to save. He lives today ready to redeem us from our sin and welcome us into His family.
Remember, worship, and love like He did today. Blessings!