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Inspiration

No Condemnation
By Victoria Osteen - Jul 17, 2015

In Scripture, there's a story about a woman who was caught in adultery. The religious leaders of the time had already condemned her in their minds, and the law said that she should be stoned. Out of curiosity, they brought her to Jesus to see what He would do.

Jesus surprised them all with His response to the situation. Instead of condemning the woman, Jesus showed love and compassion to her. In fact, He turned the whole situation around and said to the crowd, "Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone." (See John 8:1–11). The woman's accusers walked away one by one.

Jesus turned to the woman and asked, "Where are your accusers? Does anyone condemn you now?" She answered, "No one, Lord." Then Jesus said something very profound that gives us insight into His heart for us. He said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." God was in essence saying, "I don't put My stamp of approval on condemnation. That's not what I'm about. I came to set you free."

Maybe you've encountered people who want to accuse you and "throw rocks" at you, but that's not God. He's never going to throw rocks at you or try to push you down. He loves you and wants to empower you to live in freedom.

Maybe you've made some mistakes, maybe you've done some things you're not proud of, or maybe you've been hurt by someone who threw rocks at you. Today is your day to let go of that hurt and open your heart to God's love and forgiveness. In Him, there is no condemnation. Receive His love, receive His grace, and be empowered to live the life of victory He has prepared for you.

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1, NIV)

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