And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again." (John 8:11 NRSV)
Daniel Defoe, the author of ROBINSON CRUSOE, ran away from home and went to sea as a young man. His father protested young Defoe's plans, and his mother wept. But Defoe was determined to have his way. On his very first voyage out, his ship was wrecked and young Defoe barely escaped with his life. He saw his foolishness and the bad choice he had made, but he was afraid to go back home because he knew his friends would make fun of him. Remembering how he felt, Defoe came to the conclusion that people are not ashamed of sin, but they are ashamed to repent.

That's an interesting thought. Are we more ashamed of changing directions than we are continuing in our sin?

Dear Jesus, give me the boldness to change directions and to sin no more. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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