Jesus did not condone her sin, did not even offer her forgiveness and peace. Sinners could not condemn her; neither would the one who was without sin. Jesus left it to her to merit forgiveness by her future conduct and faith: but he had given her a glimpse of the mercy and grace that were waiting for her appeal. Although we hear nothing more of her we may hope that though she went away at his command, she would come back of her own free will, her desires sublimated, to join the little company of women who loved much because they had been forgiven much.
This incident has proved invaluable in Christian history. It is a graphic exposition of the Master’s words on the mount,
“Judge not, that ye be not judged”.
However damning the evidence may be against our brother, if we pause and look into our own hearts, we shall go quietly away and leave him with his Lord. There are times when it becomes necessary to take action, but that action must not be taken because we have condemned our brother. It will be taken in the painful consciousness of our own unworthiness, and with a love which will plead intercession before the Throne of Grace. We shall wait with eagerness for the first signs of penitence so that we can joyfully restore the erring one to the fellowship of the saints.
An excerpt from A Life of Jesus by Melva Purkis, page 270
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