Gentleness in Forgiveness

Series: What the World Needs Now | Week 7: Gentleness

In Daily Bible Reading this summer, we’re exploring how Jesus modeled the Fruit of the Spirit and how we can live them out too. This week our focus is on gentleness.

Read John 8:1-11

1. How does Jesus respond to the questioning Pharisees?
2. How do the accusers react to Jesus’ answer?
3. Where do you see gentleness in Jesus’ interaction with the woman?

The punishment for adultery was harsh in Jesus’ day. The Pharisees thought they could trick Jesus into saying something they could use against Him, but He wanted to show them something different — His heart for forgiveness. Instead of focusing on the woman’s sin, He wanted her accusers to be convicted of their own sin. He then gently guided the woman toward holiness by offering extravagant forgiveness.

In our own lives, we can be tempted to see the sins of other people while being blind to our own shortcomings. Jesus has enough grace for all, and He has made a way for us to receive forgiveness. Hebrews teaches us that because Jesus was tempted in every way yet was without sin, He can sympathize with us. Because of this, we can approach Him confidently, knowing He offers abundant grace and mercy.

Do you practice asking for forgiveness in your day-to-day life, or do you tend to focus on the shortcomings of others instead of your own? Boldly come before God today, asking for forgiveness and thanking Him for His grace.

Want to go deeper? Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Respond in prayer, thanking God for His invitation to approach Him boldly with confidence.

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