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.” -John 8:10-11
Dear Woman of God,
YOU ARE NOT CONDEMNED!
Many of us identify with the adulteress that Jesus stood up for. We have so much in our past. So much weight that we’ve carried. So much baggage in sexual sin that we held onto because we were so afraid that if it were to come to into the light… oh how the world would judge! This made it difficult to accept Jesus as well. When we did get saved, it took quite a while to accept that God’s arms were better than any man’s comfort.
When I finally accepted and forgave myself of this, and let God carry my shame to the cross, I started my journey in seeking Christ to find the truth of His nature. My belief at the time was that we can lose our salvation depending on our actions a.k.a our sins that condemn us. I always thought that when we accept Christ into our lives it hangs in a balance where only God decides whether we really did give our lives to Him or not. I would imagine sometimes that God sits there with his royal pen about to write our names in the book of life, but because he knows everything and sees that we will backslide anyways he’ll decide if He’ll write it, and if He wrote it, He could always rub it off when we’ve sinned. I always thought that because of this: if we died in sin – for example if we backslide as believers and ended up dying because of it – then we didn’t really receive our salvation.
WHAT A LOAD OF LIES!
I know I wasn’t alone in believing this. Many women are afraid to step out, to forgive themselves, to claim God’s power, and to accept his forgiveness for themselves because of a deep-rooted belief in this lie! I can’t believe I used to believe this too. Thinking about it now, if GAINING our salvation was never dependent on our works and actions (so that no man can boast – Ephesians 2:9), then why would LOSING our salvation be dependent on the same thing? The same way salvation cannot be earned through serving the poor and needy (through our “good works”) is the same way salvation cannot be lost because we lied or whichever sin it is we’ve backslid into (Romans 8:1-2: Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for through Christ Jesus, the Spirit of the law who gives life has saved you from the law of sin and death).
NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY OUR SALVATION!
Once we’ve accepted and believed that Christ died for us. He rose from the dead on the third day. Ascended into heaven and now sits on the right hand of the Heavenly Father, and did that all to set us free, then … YES! WE ARE SAVED!
Never doubt your salvation, you are not condemned!
I know some may say that this leaves so much room for us to take advantage of God’s Grace and I thought that too when I discovered this truth. I thought that hearing and knowing this truth would make it much easier to abandon-ship and follow my heart because if I can never lose my salvation, why not sin my way into the last days?
But you know what it actually did?
I melted inside when I discovered this. I was so overwhelmed by God’s nature and His goodness. That merely knowing how unconditional His love is made me WANT to please God. It made me terrified of saddening Him, of doing Him wrong.
It’s quite amazing to think that God is doing everything. Taking every risk with us. Stepping in when we FEEL condemned for our backsliding to remind us that He definitely doesn’t condemn us. No matter what we did we’ll still end up at home with Him.
God takes UNCONDITIONAL to a whole new level and I want to be there all day, every day.
Knowing this truth is what makes it easy to “leave your life of sin”.
More on this topic will be posted soon. Watch this space 😊.