As we journey through this thing called life we are going to make mistakes along the road. We will have ups and downs and slips and falls as we journey. It is important that we do not allow our downs to keep us down too long, or our falls to paralyze us in not getting back up and trying again. We may not succeed the first time we do something, but we certainly cannot succeed if we stay down and never try again. Even in our spiritual lives we fall and make mistakes, and yes we even sin. When we sin we have those who will try to condemn us for our sins, trying to make us feel that we cannot get back up again from where we have fallen. The Scripture reminds us of the woman who was caught in a sin and brought to Jesus to see what He thought should be done to her, and He told the crowd that day that whoever was without sin to cast the first stone. When Jesus looked up there was no one there to throw the stone and He asked the woman was there not any man left and she said, no man, and He said to her; neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more. I encourage you today to remember that Jesus does not condemn you for your sins. You serve a forgiving God, it is essential that you go to Him and ask Him for forgiveness, and Jesus will not condemn you, but He will forgive you. You serve a God not just simply of a second chance you serve a good of many chances. Just as Jesus forgave this woman, He is saying the same to you that He does not condemn you, and you can go, but sin no more. When Jesus delivers you, stay delivered, and when He sets you free, stay free do not keep going back to the same things you were doing before, but walk in the forgiveness that you have received from Jesus. People may never be able to truly forgive you and they may want to cast stones, but you remember you are forgiven by The Lord and as long as He forgives, you can walk in the freedom of forgiveness. I am grateful that Christ has forgiven me, and I am walking in that freedom never to go back again. Since I have been set free by The Lord I have no doubt, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Thank you for being a forgiving God who always gives me another chance to get back up and try again. Than you for forgiving me, again. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY