The God Of All Consolation

The God Of All Consolation

John 8:1-11

An affliction is a demolishing pressure that threatens to destroy us. Our health, our mental peace and our relations could be in danger. We know that God will console us when we are ill, but will He also be with us when we are suffering because of the sins that we have committed?

Lets read what the Word says in John 8:1-11.

"1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. No what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

This is a question that many believers ask themselves, and often it is answerred erroneously by saying "no". Nevertheless, the Lord does not condemn us because of the sin because He has forgotten it. What remains are the consequences of our sinful actions. But if we return to God, He will alleviate our soul and He will guide us with complete certainty through those painful consequences. Under His influence, the pain of the self-inflicted wound is bearable and serves to fortify our faith.

Let us remember the woman of whom we have read and how she was taken to drays in front of Jesus by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. She had been caught in the act of adultery, which was a clear violation of the Law of Moses. Those religious leaders were ready to throw stones at her, but Jesus spoke to the woman with compassion. Although He, in no way, condemned her sin, did recognize that she was already suffering and facing the consequences of her bad decisions.  He forgave her saying onto her "Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:11). 

Nothing that we can do will be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). One of the ways that He has to express this love, is through the promise of consolation for when we are suffering, even when the pain is caused by a self-inflicted wound. So, we have to make a decision.

We can let our shame move us away from our Heavenly Father's arms, convinced that He will not help those who have disobeyed. OR we can believe the Bible when it says that He is "Father of compassion and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3).

Do you want to receive His mercy and forgiveness? Pray, seek Him, and repent with all of your heart and He will listen to you and will forgive all your sins.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).

God bless you!



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