The story is a lesson.
When Jesus challenges the crowd, he says, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast the stone at her.” The crowd disperses. No one there was able to stand forth and cast a stone. Jesus knew this.
He asks the woman, “Where are those, thine accusers? Has no man condemned thee?“
There is a pause; we see that no one is standing in condemnation. The woman also sees this.
Jesus then says, “Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more.“
Jesus makes clear that condemnation is not the message that is taught that day.
Be of a contrite heart
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)
In Scripture, the heart is the seat of all feeling, whether joy or sorrow. A contrite heart is one in which the natural pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt. Humility is strength then; great strength within the seat of all feeling.
We are to bring our guilt into the light. I was brought up that this occurs during a sacrament; the Sacrament of Confession. In any case, the basic requirement is to bring a contrite heart to God.
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