Restorative Justice

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Unconditional Love confounds minds…and transforms hearts.

(Listen to my song “Salvation” by clicking HERE)

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John 8:10-11

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.”

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Sometimes we gloss over the radical words of Jesus because they are so difficult. We don’t allow them to sink in because they make no sense to our logical, either-or minds.

It would seem that either the woman is guilty and therefore should be punishedor she is not guilty and should be released.

So how is it that this woman (described as “caught in adultery”) is guilty…and yet Jesus does not condemn her?

The religious leaders wanted to stone her. That was the law.

But Jesus headed off their vengeance by saying, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Then Jesus made the radical move of telling the woman who was caught breaking a Commandment…that he did not condemn her.

The woman had not even asked to be forgiven!

In Jesus’ eyes…the woman could both be guilty…and be freed and made whole through forgiveness.

This is what happens when vengeance and sin are met head on by radical, unconditional Love. 

I suggest that many hearts were transformed that day…because everyone saw their own need of forgiveness.

How might we be God’s instruments in transforming others by offering love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion?

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Listen to the song of the day “Salvation” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to Restorative Justice

  1. This entry really helped me today. Thank you.

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