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The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

-Micah 6:8

Mercy= NOT getting what I DESERVE.

Grace=  I GET what I DON’T DESERVE.

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him. But Jesus simply bent over and started writing on the ground with his finger.  They kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, "If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!" Having said that, He once again bent down and continued writing on the ground. When the Pharisees heard this, they all left, one by one, beginning with  the older ones first. Jesus remained, until it was just He and the woman in the middle of a circle of people who had gathered.

-John 8:1-9

The problem with throwing ROCKS is they don’t actually hit SIN, they instead hit PEOPLE.

Jesus stood up and asked her, "Where is everyone? Isn't there anyone left to accuse you?" "No sir," the woman answered. Then Jesus told her, "I am not going to accuse you either. “

-John 8:10-11a

Jesus who was sinless, took our sin upon Himself so that we might receive God’s approval through Him.

-2 Corinthians 5:21

“You may go now, but don't sin anymore."

-John 8:11b

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. Look again at the differences between grace and mercy. Share a time someone extended grace to you. Now a time where it was mercy.

2. What does Jesus' interaction with the woman caught in adultery teach us about the balance between justice and mercy?

3. How can you improve in showing mercy to either another individual or even an entire group of people?

4. Which scripture most stood out to you in this message?

5. What else stood out to you in this message? What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this
message?

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