Note: Lately I keep seeing a vision of Jesus stooped low, drawing in the dirt. (See John 8:1-11 for the full story. It’s about a woman caught in adultery.) What grips me is his humble and unexpected approach, which ultimately reveals the hypocrisy of the accusers (religious leaders) while simultaneously freeing the accused woman from shame and also calling her to leave her lifestyle of sin. That’s the heart behind this letter.
Sexual sin is devastating.
(I’m speaking from experience.)
That’s why it’s truly heartbreaking to see our culture celebrating and promoting perversion, especially the sexual kind.
This year the agenda appears bolder and louder than ever — from products, corporate messaging, and even children’s programming.
Any time you sin against your own body, you will not come out unscathed. Sex is God’s idea. So is marriage. Same with male and female. He calls his creation very good and doesn’t make mistakes.
Yet we live in a broken, fallen world. Depravity isn’t hard to see.
Humans have an enemy who indulges in deception and delights in confusion and condemnation. He’s out to steal, kill, and destroy — whispering his infamous one-liner: “You won’t really die.”
Don’t fall for the lie.
Here’s the truth: Deviating from God’s design and his word will result in harm and eventual death.
Sin is sneaky like that. Many times it feels good and even appears to serve you … for a while, anyway. We know because we’ve all taken the bait. We’ve all fallen short and sinned against a holy God.
But he’s made a way for reconciliation! God lavishes love and offers forgiveness, true freedom, and actual healing for anyone who repents and turns to Christ — who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Sinless and spotless, he became sin for you on a bloody, cruel cross. The ultimate sacrifice. Oh, the cost.
That’s true love. It’s not self-seeking, not proud. It protects and rejoices with the truth.
The Son of God died and rose again so you can lay down your self-centered life and live fully, freely, eternally with him. Unashamed. Fueled by grace. Full of glory.
Whatever has happened to you in the past, I’m so sorry. Whatever your pain, struggles, and temptations, I know it can feel overwhelming.
Whatever you’ve done is not who you are. Feelings are real but the story they tell isn’t always the truth.
You can change your mind today, get help, break free from the power of sin and death, and begin a brand new life filled with the Spirit of Christ.
There is hope, friend. His name is Jesus.
I encourage you to read John 8:1-11 multiple times and expect to have a life-changing encounter with the real Jesus. He is mighty to save, quick to forgive, and crazy about you. Amen.