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

The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7 (HCSB)

Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more. John 8:11 (KJV)


No condemnation, no shame! We sinners have much to celebrate in these verses.

Paul writes to the Romans that there simply is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Jesus himself affirms this writing when he faces the crowd ready to stone an adulteress to death. He surprises them by his words and his compassion for the sinner.

The scribes and Pharisees are responsible for creating this drama. They intentionally bring the woman to Jesus while he is in the temple. Verse 6 explains their intent is to tempt and accuse him. Jesus acts as though he hasn’t heard them, so they badger him for a response. Finally, he speaks the powerful words, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” The incredulous and subdued accusers slip away one by one, leaving Jesus alone with the woman.

Who is without sin and could righteously accuse her? None save Jesus himself. He deliberately chooses not to. So also, he chooses not to condemn us. Therefore, we ought not condemn ourselves.

If you are living under the umbrella of shame, close it up and throw it away. The One who loves you will correct you, but he will not shame you.

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