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Jesus’ forgiveness is not an excuse to go on sinning, but rather a reason to leave our lives of sin.

BibleGateway: John 8:1-11

ESV Text: John 8:1-11

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     1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 140:
Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

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1. Jesus, I will ponder now 
On Thy holy Passion; 
With Thy Spirit me endow 
For such meditation. 
Grant that I in love and faith 
May the image cherish 
Of Thy suffering, pain, and death, 
That I may not perish. 

2. Make me see Thy great distress, 
Anguish, and affliction, 
Bonds and stripes and wretchedness 
And Thy crucifixion; 
Make me see how scourge and rod, 
Spear and nails, did wound Thee, 
How for man Thou died’st, O God, 
Who with thorns had crowned Thee. 

3. Yet, O Lord, not thus alone 
Make me see Thy Passion, 
But its cause to me make known 
And its termination. 
Ah! I also and my sin 
Wrought Thy deep affliction; 
This indeed the cause hath been 
Of Thy crucifixion. 

4. Grant that I Thy Passion view 
With repentant grieving 
Nor Thee crucify anew 
By unholy living. 
How could I refuse to shun 
Every sinful pleasure 
Since for me God’s only Son 
Suffered without measure? 

5. If my sins give me alarm 
And my conscience grieve me, 
Let Thy cross my fear disarm, 
Peace of conscience give me. 
Grant that I may trust in Thee 
And Thy holy Passion. 
If His Son so loveth me, 
God must have compassion. 

6. Grant that I may willingly 
Bear with Thee my crosses, 
Learning humbleness of Thee, 
Peace mid pain and losses. 
May I give Thee love for love! 
Hear me, O my Savior, 
That I may in heaven above 
Sing Thy praise forever.