sin no more

Posted: June 10th, 2013 | Filed under: life | Tags: , , , | 26 Comments »

“Yes I have to agree Sin is Sin God will open his arms and forgive us for our sins but recall the lady who was accused of adultery Jesus told her to go and sin no more. We get only so much time to get this thing right it is better to learn Gods ways and will and try to live right then to take the chance of going to hell.” -A Reader

I heard a quote the other day that said something like, “Only trust people who are searching for the truth. Never trust those who think they know the truth.” Those who are searching for the truth will be wild with wonder and retain that which is most corroborated. They won’t alter evidence to support their version. They won’t shut down an argument when it’s not going their way. Those who think they know the truth are no longer in awe. Their eyes no longer glimmer. They are biased and closed off.

Why fear information and experience? Unless you’re afraid that what you believe is not the truth, there is nothing this world can do or say that would take it away. Living in closed minded fear wreaks damp with saddness. Like a child trapped in the body of an old woman, that kind of fear echos hollow with life unlived.

“Yes, I have to agree. Sin is sin….”

Is sin, is sin, is sin.

“…God will open His arms and forgive us for our sins, but…”

What is this “but”? There is no “but”.

“…recall the lady who was accused of adultery. Jesus told her to go and sin no more.”

Caught. She was caught in adultery. Naked as sin.

“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”-Jesus, John 8:11 ESV

This woman, prior to her experience with Jesus, had no question about her worth, her future, or her sin. She knew what she did and she knew she was worthless. There was no way out. Jesus brought up the sins of her accusers and then, it seems, left her fate in their hands. They did not have the authority to kill her so they had to back down. Jesus had the authority and he used it to make sure she knew that he didn’t condemn her.

“Go and sin no more.”
He wasn’t warning her. He was freeing her.

Go and sin no more. Sinners see it as a prescription for behavior. Saints see it as a proclaimation over them. She was a sinner. There was no question. He set her free to live clean again. He gave her a do- over. He forgave her and he set her free. That’s what “sin no more” is. It’s setting her free.

“We only get so much time to get this thing right…”

Even if we were given all of eternity to “get this thing right” we would fail. If we could “get this thing right”, then Jesus would not have had to come and do it for us.

“…it is better to learn God’s ways and will …” 

You can’t learn God’s ways.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”-God through Isaiah 55:9 ESV

What would you do even if you were able to know God’s ways? Start playing God?

Never trust those who think they know the truth.

The pride of man is constantly trying to acquire independence from God. They want to know what He knows so they can be like Him.

“…your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing…”-Genesis 3:5 ESV

“…and try to live right than to take the chance of going to hell.”

It is a superstitious and fearful faith that believes it’s all up to the person’s ability or a gambling chance.

Was the sacrifice of Jesus just a flimsy idea and the rest is left up to chance? How small has Jesus become when we’re in a world with people who have so little certainty that they go to bed at night not knowing if they were good enough?

Your salvation is a signed, sealed, and delivered promise and it is not left up to chance. It’s not left up to your goodness or your ability to stay away from sin. The only sin that can destroy you is the sin of unbelief. All the other stupid things you do are already taken care of.

He doesn’t condemn you. You’re forgiven.
Go, and sin no more. You’re free.

Grace Is For Sinners


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26 Comments on “sin no more”

  1. 1 Rich said at 9:36 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Great words, Serena.

    You wrote: “Go and sin no more. Sinners see it as a prescription for behavior. Saints see it as a proclamation over them.” If someone read only these words, they would gain great insight into God’s Word.

    Thanks

  2. 2 Anessa said at 9:40 am on June 10th, 2013:

    This is so true. God's Grace frees us. Continuing to sin after Jesus has frees us is a seperate issue. Grace is not a free pass to sin all you want, in my opinion. When we know better we do better, once you have experienced God's grace your life is changed, you don't become immune to sin, but you strive to live a life free from sin.

  3. 3 serenawoods said at 10:56 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Thanks, Anessa. 🙂

  4. 4 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  5. 5 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  6. 6 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  7. 7 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  8. 8 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  9. 9 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  10. 10 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  11. 11 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  12. 12 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  13. 13 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  14. 14 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  15. 15 Jesse Hoover said at 11:28 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Loved reading this! So true. (and yes freeing!)
    My recent post When You’re Running Away From God

  16. 16 Dawn R. Justice Phenix said at 11:55 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Such a great blog Serena. I always love reading your posts. I often think about what I read in your book. Trying to stay free 🙂

  17. 17 Damon D Danner said at 12:17 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    I like the part about continually searching and not acting like you know the truth… the essence of "reason." I want people to be "good" boys and girls, but acting it out don't free the heart and mind. Jesus does that. Been hearing stuff on "sin consciousness." Thanks Serena…and pick apart any post of mine that aren't filled with Grace. 🙂

  18. 18 exegete77 said at 1:27 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Serena wrote: “Go and sin no more. Sinners see it as a prescription for behavior. Saints see it as a proclamation over them.”

    Those sentences are powerful and need to be reinforced for every Christian. We tend to forget what Paul writes in Galatians, “Having begun in the Spirit, are we now maturing under the Law?” By now means!!

    Excellent post, Serena.

    Rich

  19. 19 serenawoods said at 1:31 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Thank you, Jesse. 🙂

  20. 20 serenawoods said at 1:32 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Thanks, Dawn. 🙂

  21. 21 serenawoods said at 1:33 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Awesome, Damon. 🙂

  22. 22 serenawoods said at 1:34 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Thank you, Rich. 🙂

  23. 23 Cheryl said at 6:38 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Powerful words. But then, truth is usually powerful, isn't it? Thanks

  24. 24 serenawoods said at 8:59 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    Yup. 🙂 Simple and profound is my favorite.

  25. 25 J.Denee said at 7:04 am on June 11th, 2013:

    One of my most favorite blogs so far. I'm sharing with a group of ladies who are navigating these thoughts.

  26. 26 serenawoods said at 11:29 am on June 11th, 2013:

    Perfect, Denee. 🙂


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