Rejoicing to See God’s Grace at Work in Others!

John 8:1-11

Freedom Ministries | Pastor Larry Luffman

Read John 8:1-11. Not surprisingly, the Pharisees (religious people of that day) are in the "accuse and condemn" mode.

It is so easy for Christians to become this way. We can become very cynical – ever watchful to find a flaw in others, a crack in their armor, or some sin and inconsistency.

We can become very intolerant and caustic towards each other, but also towards those that don’t know Christ. Christians can get the attitude, "I hope they get what is coming to them."

There is another way to live life. Instead of delighting in accusation and condemnation (like Satan and the Pharisees), we delight in mercy (like God). Micah 7:18

Micah 7:18 - Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy.

Acts 11:23 - When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and exhorted them all to remain with the Lord with a loyal heart. 

Acts 11:1-3 – The apostles and the brothers through­out Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised disputed with him, 3 saying, “You went in and ate with uncircumcised men!”

As believers, we should rejoice when we see the grace of God at work in the lives of others. Why?

First, because we have been shown grace.

What is missing here in this story from John 8? The guilty man!

If you want grace, you must allow it for all.

If anybody should understand grace and rejoice in grace being given to others, it is a Christian. Ephesians 4:32

Ephesians 4:32 - And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.