“When Jesus had stood up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”” John 8:10-11
Dead religion and the devil give a bad conscience and thrive on giving a bad conscience. They gain power over people that way. Satan means “adversary, accuser” and he speaks with a forked tongue. First he tempts to sin and then he comes as an accuser to push down, despise and mock. Guilt and condemnation often lead even deeper into the darkness, if not dealt with.
Neither dead religion nor the devil can liberate the conscience. Dead religion has only external forms, but no life and no concrete help to give when it comes to the guilt before God. A guilty conscience that is not liberated leads to all possible forms of destructiveness, both against oneself and others.
Jesus, on the other hand, can both liberate the conscience and give the ability to no longer live in sin. If we look at society today, we actually see a huge cry for liberation from guilt. But people often seek in the wrong places and try in different ways to get relief. Jesus freed the woman we read about at the beginning of this article, whom the religious could not help but only accuse.
Gospel means good news and it is the power of God for salvation, real power. The good news is that Jesus has made everything ready through His death and resurrection for us and now it is up to us to respond. When Jesus enters your heart, you are reconciled to God because Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. The guilt of sin before God is removed and Jesus wants to help one live right.
Turn to Jesus today and let Him reconcile you to God. The price He paid to redeem you was very high, but His love drove Him. Respond today by telling Jesus that you want Him to enter your heart. Receive grace and forgiveness by putting your faith and trust in Jesus.
Let Jesus also say to you today: “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
Now open your heart to Jesus.
“For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.”” Rom. 10:13
God bless you.
/ David Billström