SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Scripture: John 8:1-11
As Jesus was dealing with the woman caught in adultery, it is obvious that He was demonstrating great pastoral forbearance. But He also ended with a warning. Though the woman was not condemned, she was issued a warning to “…Go and sin no more.” Jesus demonstrated great pastoral forbearance and forgiveness. Who paid the price? Perhaps it was the person to whom she was married. Who pays the price for pastoral forbearance? Every single one of us who are in relationship with someone receiving the forbearance. It is those of us who have to deal with the fruit and pain that go with the wayward actions of the people we love. Pastoral forbearance has a major price-tag and is paid by every individual who has to bear up under the pain and agony of another’s sin.