John 8:11 . . . "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." You're familiar with the story. Jesus is speaking to the woman caught in adultery. Her accusers were ready to stone her. Jesus, all wisdom, said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." One by one her accusers dropped their stone and left the scene. Jesus, in His final word to her, offered astounding mercy and forgiveness. And at the same time, He challenged her to turn from her sin and walk a new path. And then, in the next verse, Jesus' next words were this: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Jesus not only calls us to righteousness, but gives us the key to find it--following Him, the Light. Let us receive His mercy and follow Him to walk in His Life. What is the old saying? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" The thing the Lord helps us to do is to release the old and embrace the new. Yes, God's grace is truly amazing and works with us, working out our salvation in Christ. But we'd save ourselves many heartaches by embracing the new much sooner. We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him (1 John 5:18). Lord, we really don't want to keep going around the mountain again and again. We want you to lead us to the top.