Addressing Sin with Love - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Addressing Sin with Love

 

September 3

 

Read John 8:7-11

When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

Reflect

How did Jesus show love to a sinner in this passage? How did Jesus address her sin in this passage?

 

In college, I was walking on campus and came across a group who professed to be Christians protesting homosexuality. Their signs read horrible messages.  They seemed to forget Jesus’ words, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” It was not apparent that these individuals were disciples of Christ. They were opposed to sin and yet, they were not acting in love.

 

The opposite was also very common on campus. I’d see Christians acting in love so much that they forfeited the truth of Scripture in order to not offend or hurt someone. They spoke of God’s love for everyone, no matter what, without a call for repentance. Sin went unaddressed completely. It was like everything is ok because God loves you and told us not to judge you.

 

However, we know from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:15 that we are called “to speak the truth in love”. We need to defend the truth of the Gospel and we need to act with love and respect to fellow image bearers.

 

Jesus is the perfect example. Consider the woman caught in adultery in John 8. In verse 7, He puts the crowd in its place by reminding them of their own sin. Who were they to stone her? And yet, in verse 11, he says, “Neither do I condemn you...Go now and leave your life of sin.” Jesus had compassion on this woman. Yet, He called her actions what they were-sin. And He told her to leave that life. He called her to repentance.

 

If we want to live out our commission to go and make disciples, we need to follow the example of Jesus to learn how to speak the truth in love. Truth says “You are sinful and need to repent”. Love says “So am I and so do I. Did you know that you can be forgiven and that God can change you?”

 

Pray

Jesus, thank you for showing me how to speak the truth in love. Help me to put both Your truth and Your love into action when I share the Gospel. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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ITS IN THIS OF YOURS AND OF MY JOURNEY IS TO CAUSE OURSELVES TO BETTER OUR LIVES BETTER OF WHAT WE'VE DONE YESTERDAY AS OF A GOOD REPORT UNTO OUR SAVIOR WHO IS TO BE THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES DAILY, WALKING IN HIS GRACE OF LIFE, BEING HOLY MIGHT BE HARD YET THE LORDS ROD AND STAFF, IS ENOUGH TO BE HUMBLE, TO DO AS UNTO WALK AS CHRIST DID, EVEN WALKING IN THE SINS AROUND EACH AND EVERY DAY, TO DO YOUR BEST WHAT THE LORDS GRACE IS WHAT HE GIVES AS SUFFICENT, EVEN IN TEMPTATIONS, BEATINGS OF OTHERS ON YOUR LIFE ,LOOKING TO THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS CONQUERED ALL, AND WON IN VICTORY, CONQUERING DEATH, INWHICH HE WILL FREELY GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO DO AS HE HAS DONE, ALL IN HIS NAME, HIS BLOOD FOR THE LOVE HE GAVE FOR ALL.
love this, when we show them His love through us it opens them up to receive Him and turn from their sins. parable the Lord gave me is; if you have a mean junkyard dog chewing on a bone would you go over and grab it from him, no, but if you feed the dog a fillet mignon he will drop the bone so you can remove it
Christ, thank you for guiding me in how to show love to others and myself while still sharing God's Word with others and learning God's Word for myself. Please, help me to be more loving but firm with my husband, my children, and myself as we continue to grow in God's Word. Please, help me to present the Truth in love in all that I do. In Your Name, God, I pray. Amen
I am praying with you for the chains of addiction to the nicotine be broken. I am praying for God to give you the strength you need each day to turn away from the desire to smoke.
This is right on ! Lets remember only the holy spirit can convict - webneed to speak truth in love
As Christ follower we should love others as Christ loved us, and forgive pthers.
I am still learning and God is teaching me how to love one another and forgive them
Amen
If I continue to make the Father my main focus I will always speak the truth in love. I need His help to guide and teach me. I am still learning from His Word. I need to share the Gospel more, as I grow in grace. Help me Lord to put both Your truth and Your love into action.
Once again the focus is the dirty rotten sinner and not Jesus and his grace and mercy to open the minds of believers so they will change their mind which is repentance. Another way of Jesus who is God and who will forgive even before his death ,burial and ressurection with blood to start the New Covn't of Grace..amen
I loved this reading, because I know for sure that Jesus Really loves me, and I have been set free from so many things in my life but I still struggle with nicotine addiction, everyday I declare I am free, He had set me free from it for two years, and somehow with the stress of life I ended up in the same thing, and I feel this is a curse because my family were all smokers, my mom still smokes, and I hate these cigarettes I can’t stand the smell, but it is so difficult, I have cried out to God about it, but still I’m struggling, can anyone have a suggestion or can anyone help?
Lord Jesus, teach me not to be judgmental when talking to others about You.
Jesus, a friend of everyone. Whether you accept him or not.
Lord, help me to be loving in my corrections and to speak the truth in love. Allow me to follow Your example. Guide and strengthen me, Lord. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.
Amen,
What a great question! I think there are two ways to approach this with application: 1) The Christian - With believers, we are called to loving hold each other accountable. Some people say this is the judging Christ spoke against. This is incorrect. Jesus, in context, was talking about the ability to judge a person salvifically. So, if another believer is in sin, we should privately call them on it in love. Remember, love is both compassionate and discerning. 2) The Non-believer - The world loves the darkness, so it operates in it and by it. So should we call out sin in the world, yes. And we must remember the ways of God are foolish to the world. The gospel is offensive to the world. So we can prescribe a better way to live, but it's a heart issue at its core. That's why the gospel is needed to address the world's sin issue. Until the heart is healed, no behavioral prescription will result in long-term change. I hope this helps.
Thank you heavenly Father for your grace and mercy, that is renewed daily.
Father God, I thank you for sending your only begotten Son to rescue us from our sinful ways. Through Jesus Chris our Lord and Savior we can be reconciled with You.
Thank God Almighty for His guidance and mercies and helping us with His words to keep us away from sinning. Amen
Amen!
I think we, who have children, really need to practice this message from Jesus in all contacts and interactions with God’s children in every capacity we deal with them.
IN THE SCRIPTURE JOHB 8:7-11 TEACHES US NOT ONLY TO LOOK AT OTHERS SINS, BUT OUR SINS AS WELL. IT IS VERY IMPERATIVE THAT WE KNOW THE WORD OF GOD BEFORE WE SPEAK OF IT. THE FORGIVENESS THAT JESUS TOOK TO THE CROSS, WE WILL NEVER COMPREHEND THAT KIND OF LOVE. JESUS TEACHES US TO LOVE OTHERS AS HE LOVES.🙏🏿
Absolutely wonderful Passage ÅMÅN LORD 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
I love this message. How can we apply it to today's times?
Thank you for your message.
May we cultivate a heart of mercy for those in need without judgment yet speaking the truth in love
Amen🙏! The world needs to hear this truth! Let the transformation begins with me! Lord Jesus, thank You for the perfect example You have left us in Your Word in how to love, forgive, and speak the truth to others. Thank You for forgiving me of all my sins; help me love as You have commanded, "because love covers a multitude of sin".
I thank God for today's devotional and I thank you pastor
God, I ask that you would fill my heart and words with your love, so I can reflect your truth in my life. To God be the glory, forever and ever... AMEN!!!! Thank you gotandem, I find help in all that I do from you.
Speaking the truth in love means that you are thinking and saying and doing toward the other person what is best for them. If someone is in a burning house you do everything possible to get them out. Love does not give up but continues to help even when it seems useless. To give up would mean that God is not involved. Jesus not only forgives he did an unheard of act of dying for my sins! Amen
Therein lies the perfect balance, speaking the truth in love.
Speak the truth in love
Amen
Amen amen
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