If The Heart of Jesus is within Us

If The Heart of Jesus is within Us


Pastor Ock Soo Park | Good News Gangnam Church


When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8:10-11)

These words are not meant only for the woman taken in adultery, but for all of us! Just as Jesus said to the woman that He does not condemn her, He says that He does not condemn me.

WHAT HE SAID TO ALL THE SINNERS IN THE WORLD

When we look in the Book of John chapter 8, Jesus says to the woman taken in adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” After I received salvation, I really liked these words.

Jesus met the woman taken in adultery. The woman had sin, and after Jesus had written on the ground with His finger, when He said to the scribes and Pharisees, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” the people who were about to stone the women left. Then Jesus asked, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?” When the woman answered that there was no one, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

For me, the words spoken by Jesus to the woman taken in adultery are not spoken only to the woman, but I believe that it was spoken to all the sinners in the world.

Before I received the forgiveness of my sin, I was jealous of the woman taken in adultery. It was because although she was taken in adultery and was in the predicament of being stoned to death, she met Jesus through this and Jesus said that He does not condemn her. And because Jesus does not condemn her, it is certain that the woman received the forgiveness of sin. I too, like the woman, wanted to meet Jesus and hear Him say that He will not condemn me.

Back then, I saw the words spoken by Jesus as words only meant for the woman taken in adultery. But as I read the Bible, I accepted into my heart that, “These words are not meant only for the woman taken in adultery, but for all of us! Just as Jesus said to the woman that He does not condemn her, He says that He does not condemn me. The sins I committed, no matter what sin they were, have been washed.” Just as the woman found happiness, I too found great happiness.

WHAT WAS THE WOMAN’S HEART LIKE THEN?

The Bible is the Word of God and is different than anything else we read. Neither Shakespeare nor any other literary writer could write a story like John chapter 8.

In this story, the woman taken in adultery was dragged in front of Jesus to be stoned to death, and the scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus, “This woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stone: but what sayest thou?”

The woman’s fate was in the hands of Jesus. After Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, He said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then all the people left and only the woman and Jesus remained. Jesus asked the woman,

“Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?”

“No man, Lord,” she replied.

“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

I’ve read this scripture hundreds of times, and gave sermons on numerous occasions. I searched the woman’s heart each time. “What was her heart like when the woman committed adultery?” Her heart would be filled with lust. “I shouldn’t commit adultery. If I get caught committing adultery, I will be stoned to death.” Although she knew this, when the lustful heart was dragging her, she committed adultery because she didn’t have the heart to overcome it.

The woman was taken in adultery and dragged along to be stoned. “What was the woman’s heart like then?” If people throw stones the size of fists at the woman, she would be struck by those stones breaking her head, arms, and face. And she would die, covered in blood. As the
woman thought about her fate, she would have felt so pitiful, tormented, and only despair in her heart.

In the end, when Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more,” and sent her away, what would the heart of the woman be like then? I searched her heart again. “Everyone hated me and tried to kill me, but Jesus loved me and saved me! He forgave my sins!” The woman would be so happy that her heart would be filled with gratitude and thankfulness for Jesus.

If Jesus places a new heart inside us, then we change. Instead of a heart of lust and depravity, if the heart of Jesus enters us, even if we are tempted to sin, we will naturally escape from sin.

IF THE HEART OF JESUS IS WITHIN HER, HOW COULD SHE COMMIT EVIL?

When people do good, it starts from the heart, and when they sin, it starts from the heart. If they don’t have a lustful heart they cannot commit adultery. If they don’t have envy, they cannot steal. But people ignore their hearts, and even when lustful hearts arise, they try not to commit adultery. Even as they have envy, they try not to steal.

We should not try to suppress the heart that we have, but rather, change the heart. Jesus does the most precious work of changing our hearts. When the woman was committing adultery, her heart was filled with lust.
And when she was being dragged off to be stoned to death, she was filled with fear and despair. If the woman’s heart is filled with despair, how meaningful would it be to say, “Don’t despair.”

Even today, there are so many people with lustful hearts, and yet they try not to sin. People try not to drink; try not to do drugs or gamble; try not to fall into video games; and struggle so hard but because they cannot overcome its power. Ultimately, they are dragged by them.

If Jesus places a new heart inside us, then we change. Instead of a heart of lust and depravity, if the heart of Jesus enters us, even if we are tempted to sin, we will naturally escape from sin.

Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery to sin no more. If the woman sinned, then the Word of Jesus is not fulfilled. But if Jesus said to the woman to sin no more, then He would need to replace the lust, fear, and despair with thankfulness, joy, and love in order to prevent the woman from sinning. When the woman’s heart is filled with God’s love and overflowing with thankfulness, how could she sin in front of Jesus? If the heart of Jesus is within her, how could she sin?

AS WE NATURALLY BECOME CHRISTIANS LIKE JESUS

Many people think that spiritual life is accomplished by their efforts and labor. This is not true. When we look to Jesus and we are filled with the Lord’s heart, we can praise the Lord. We can witness of the Lord. And we can volunteer for the Lord and bear any adversity for the Lord.
The Lord was crucified for us, and when I think about Jesus, who saved a person like me who deserved to die, how could the woman taken in adultery not give herself completely to Jesus?

God wants a spiritual life from the core of our hearts and not a spiritual life done by our will or labor. True spiritual life is not done by determining, “I shouldn’t commit adultery. I shouldn’t steal. I shouldn’t gamble. I shouldn’t play games.” The heart of the woman taken in adultery before meeting Jesus was filled with lust, but after meeting Jesus, that heart disappeared and it was filled with peace and joy. If we meet Jesus with our hearts and accept His words, we will gain the heart of Jesus.
The evil thoughts we have inside us will leave and we will be overflowing with thankfulness and joy. Our hearts will naturally become Christians like Jesus.

JESUS PLACES HIS WORDS INSIDE OUR HEARTS DAILY

Jesus does not tell us to not be evil while our hearts are filled with evil. Just as it is stated in Jeremiah chapter 31, verse 33, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts,” Jesus places His heart and His words daily within our hearts. When the woman heard Jesus’ words, “Neither do I condemn thee,” she would have been overflowing with unspeakable joy and thankfulness. She could only praise the Lord. After the Samaritan woman met Jesus, she went into town to lead others to salvation. It was because of a new heart Jesus had placed inside her. A heart different from the one she had before.

Spiritual life begins from the heart. If Jesus comes into our hearts, we cannot help but to become like Jesus. We don’t have to try to do good works nor try to not sin. Our hearts must become closer with Jesus. Then, just as the heart of the woman taken in adultery changed, the dirty heart that dwells in us will also change.

There was a brother who drank eight to ten bottles of liquor every day for twenty years. But one day, when the Word entered his heart, the next day, the thoughts of wanting to drink did not rise anymore. It was because his heart was filled with the Word of God. We should not try to do good or try to stop sinning. If the heart of Jesus dwells in us, that heart will lead us to do good, allow us to live an obedient life to the Lord, and give us great glory and increase our joy. I saw so many people change as they accepted the words of Jesus. Drug addicts and alcoholics changed, and I saw how a person who was always irritable changed to be bright. When Jesus takes spaces within our hearts, we become righteous and holy, and we can live a clean life.

4 Comments on “If The Heart of Jesus is within Us”

  1. Yes I too can identify with the woman caught in adultery. Powerful illustration indeed. Thank you Pastor. Am still feeling blessed.

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