Beautiful Forgiveness

Reflection Questions

1. Looking at how the Scribes and Pharisees treat this woman, what do you notice about their actions and their motivations?

2. Describe the situation the woman faces. What would it have been like to be her in this story?

3. What stands out to you about what Jesus says and does? What do you learn about Him?

4. Do you identify more with the scribes and Pharisees (struggle with self-righteousness and condemning others) or the woman (obviously guilty)? What is that like for you?

5. Jesus gives the religious men an opportunity to see their sin, and he offers forgiveness to the guilty woman. Based on how you answered the last question, how might Jesus be leading you to respond to Him today?

6. What does the final statement from Jesus reveal about the power to really change in our lives? How can you respond to what He is offering you this week?

John 7:53-8:11

 53 [[They went each to his own house,

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them,“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]


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