The woman at the well in John 4 was a serial divorcee who was working on guy #5. In many churches today, a woman in her situation would probably be harshly judged and booted from the church, or accepted and embraced as a champion of a woman who is free to do what she wants with her body because that is what identifies her as an empowered feminist. If a church felt her lifestyle was wrong, it would certainly not be acceptable to call it out as sin or to authoritatively state she should no longer do it, for to do so would not be considered loving and Christlike. But what did Christ Himself do? He always confronted sin, He always called people out for their sin, and to those who would listen, He always required repentance and righteousness.
Now, the story of the woman caught in adultery was the same way. He didn’t say to her, “It’s okay, I know how hard it is to not sleep around. Everyone does it. All you need to do is ask for forgiveness and you will be alright. And if it happens again, just remember, it’s no big deal. I love you anyway and I won’t hold you accountable just so long as you ask for forgiveness.” Instead, He told her to “Go and sin no more.”
We, as humans, have skewed view of life. We do not look at sin the way God does.
- Habakkuk 1:13a Your eyes are too pure to approve (look at) evil, and You can not look on wickedness with favor.
- Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
When we look at sin correctly, we can properly avoid it, properly deal with it, and then we can make God pleased and happy with us.
- “Sin is ugly. It should be killed daily. I die every day, because Jesus said, ‘Take up your cross daily’ and crosses are for dying.”—John Piper
- “A true Christian will be sensitive to the sin in their life and it will lead them to brokenness and genuine confession, but the person who says they are a Christian and are not sensitive to sin, it does not lead them to confession, a person who is that way is not a Christian.”—Paul Washer
- “Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior.”—Charles Spurgeon
- “All wickedness flows from a disregard of God.”—John Calvin
You and me are to confront sin in both our lives and the lives of those within our church family. That is the loving, biblical thing to do as God wants a pure church to glorify Him. This is why Jesus says to you and me, “Go and sin no more.”
- If God takes sin so seriously, then why don’t you? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Lest you think wrongly here, this question is one that I must ask myself as well.
- I believe that the problem is simple: You do what is important to you. And the converse is: You don’t do what is not important to you. That is why we don’t take sin seriously.
- The woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery were both in sin. Did Jesus beat around the bush with them about their sin? ________________________________________________________
- Or, did He call a spade a spade? ___________________________________________________
- Why is it loving and biblical when we directly call out sin in the lives of those Christians in our lives? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- When you stare eye-to-eye at yourself in the mirror and reflect on who you really are deep down inside, do you feel good about yourself, or bad? ___________________________________________________
- If you feel good about yourself, then there is a severe problem because you are either lying to yourself, or are unsaved and self-deceived. The Bible nevertells us to boast in ourselves or to accept who we are.
- But, if you feel bad about who you know yourself to be, then you are in the right direction. There would be no need for salvation if we weren’t sinners, and there would be no need for the Bible to continually remind us to be sanctified and holy. But, when we realize who we really are, then we realize just how much we need Christ, and just how much He sacrificed on the cross for our sin. Knowing how vile and wicked we are in our flesh, yet forgiven and accepted in Christ should give us comfort, freedom from the weight of that sin, and joy unspeakable and full of glory!
All that I Was, My Sin, My Guilt Hymn by Horatius Bonar
1 All that I was, my sin, my guilt,
My death, was all my own;
All that I am I owe to Thee,
My gracious God, alone.
2 The evil of my former state
Was mine, and only mine;
The good in which I now rejoice
Is Thine, and only Thine.
3 The darkness of my former state,
The bondage, all was mine;
The light of life in which I walk,
The liberty, is Thine.
4 Thy Word first made me feel my sin,
It taught me to believe;
Then, in believing, peace I found,
And now I live, I live!
5 All that I am, e’en here on earth,
All that I hope to be,
When Jesus comes and glory dawns,
I owe it, Lord, to Thee.