Tuesday, July 29, 2008
His Unfailing Love
Unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. Psalm 32:10 NLT
She didn’t know Him. Even though He had been around preaching, teaching, healing and delivering souls from the depths of hell she didn’t know him, she had never encountered Him. Their paths had not crossed until one day she found herself the pawn for those seeking to destroy Him. Her life was not clothe in righteousness, she didn’t carry a message of hope, her faith was only in herself as she had long ago been shunned by the good people of Jerusalem. She would not dare to approach Him, even if she had crossed His path for she was not worthy to go near the One who said He was the Son of God, the Holy One. In spite of this, one day she found herself in His Presence and the introduction was beyond her imagination. She was surrounded by enemies, accusing her of openly sinning and her sin called for her immediate death. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. John 8:3-6
She stood alone, no friends, no attorney, she had no defense, she was caught in the act, the jury had not even deliberated, their goal was not really her it was to destroy the Judge, she simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing. She had let the enemy set her up. His set up had started way before this day; he had filled her mind with thoughts of worthlessness, her self esteem was less than zero, at this moment she was so full of guilt and shame she couldn’t even fight for herself. She just stood, head hanging down waiting for the stones to come.
“Teacher, what are you going to do, are we going to abide by the Law of Moses? He straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7
She couldn’t believe the words she just heard, she stole a peek at Him and watched Him stoop back down and begin to write once again on the ground.
Moments later she caught a glimpse of the oldest man in the midst leave, and then others one by one until no one was left but her and the great Teacher. She still dare not look at Him, but he begin to speak ever so gently to her and she dare to look in His eyes and what she saw she would carry with her all the days of her life. For the first time in her life she had encountered a man with true love in His eyes. In her heart she knew she could trust Him, His love would never fail her.
Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "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
Once again we learn Jesus meets us right where we are, even in our sins. God did not send Him to condemn us but to save us. Our behaviors and choices often lead us to stand alone surrounded by enemies with ulterior motives. Some stand in the midst to promote their own agenda, others are filled with jealousy and envy and still others just want to test our God. It is in these very opportunities we as daughters of the King can let God show He is God and be glorified. These moments are not times for hiding but for stepping out and witnessing my God’s love is unfailing. He will come to my rescue for He is my protector, my refuge in times of troubles. It is a time to tell others just as Jesus lifts me up He will also lift you, transform you, and He will lead you to a place where there is no condemnation: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Yes, Jesus meets us where we are and He willingly and lovingly surrounds us with His unfailing love and He gladly showers us with His love but, yes there is a but He requires us to turn from our life of sin and become new creations. Even in this He continues to pour out His unfailing love on us for Jesus Himself gives us Himself through the person of the Holy Spirit. With such great power enabling us, we are no longer adulterous women, we honor our vows to our Savior and do not lust after the world, never engaging our hearts in those things which do not bring Him honor. Daily we surrender to His love, trusting Him to fulfill us with all we need to be faithful, never seeking another, (human or material)to give what He so freely gives;an unfailing love. Let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, for I long for You. (Psalm 143:8)
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
"If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death". Leviticus 20:10
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Romans 8:34
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12
My Lord and my God with a grateful heart I come to give thanks O Lord that You in Your great mercy do not hold me in condemnation, but seek to meet me where I am and wash me clean of my sins. Father please clothe me in righteousness and help me to be an example of Your goodness. May I witness and bring You glory by showing others Your love is unfailing and trust worthy. My God I thank You for Jesus my Advocate, who now sits at Your right Hand. Forgive me all my adulterous behaviors. Let me in all I do bring You glory and honor as daily I surrender to Your unfailing love, keeping You always at the center of my life. In the Name of Jesus, the righteous Judge I pray. Amen.