All Age Worship: Forgiveness
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Hurt Breaks All Relationships - Forgiveness restores our ability to be in relationships.
Jesus is the means for us to be able to forgive one another (and receive forgiveness for our sins). As we live in community, in God’s family and in relationships with others in our biological and secular community ‘families’ we need to discover and rediscover forgiveness. It is the way for us to continue in relationship with each other. It is the only way for us to function together and not constantly be weighed down by the press of old hurts and unresolved conflict.
The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses brought in a woman who had been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. They made her stand in the middle of the crowd. Then they said, “Teacher, this woman was caught sleeping with a man who isn’t her husband. 5 The Law of Moses teaches that a woman like this should be stoned to death! What do you say?”
They asked Jesus this question, because they wanted to test him and bring some charge against him. But Jesus simply bent over and started writing on the ground with his finger.
They kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, “If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!” 8 Once again he bent over and began writing on the ground. 9 The people left one by one, beginning with the oldest. Finally, Jesus and the woman were there alone.
Jesus stood up and asked her, “Where is everyone? Isn’t there anyone left to accuse you?”
“No sir,” the woman answered.
Then Jesus told her, “I am not going to accuse you either. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” John 8:3-11 (CEV)