Updated: Apr 23, 2019
We ended the first half of our conversation about the woman caught in adultery with this observation:
The first gift from this story is the recognition that we are not alone.
So don't let others condemn you. Their opinion doesn't matter. Don't let others look down on you. Don't let others try to make you feel guilty. Don't let others shame you. They're not better than you or different from you; they're just like you. We all sin. Sin is one thing we all have in common.
So, when it comes to sin, remember - we all do it. So don't get overly depressed over your sin. You are not alone. Does that mean I think we should celebrate our sin? Of course not. We don't downplay and we don't overplay it. We see sin for what it is…a common malady that can only be treated with a huge dose of the cross. So don't become overly depressed over your sin.
While it makes sense not to become overly depressed over sin, some people still can't help it. The get really discouraged. They say things like, "No one else has ever had it this bad." Or, "Nobody I know has faced this kind of temptation." I've had it said to me, "Pastor, you could never understand what I'm going through." Jesus is saying to this woman, and to us, that that's not true. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." All have sinned. That's everyone here. So you're not alone. Don't go thinking there are people who are better than you. Nope. We're all in the same boat. And God has more than enough grace for us. More than enough. We are all sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. Forget your sin and remember your Savior.
Here's another passage to remember:
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. - 1 Corinthians 10:13
If you've faced it, others have faced it. You are not alone. Jesus was telling the woman caught in adultery she was not alone. We all sin.