*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Who is a teacher, coach or other adult in your life that was very loving, but also made sure you followed the rules? Tell the group about them.
In the passage we are about to read, the Pharisees (a very religious Jewish group in Jesus’ day) are trying to find a way to trick Jesus into proving he does not follow God’s laws. In their minds, this would prove to everyone that Jesus was not from God and was not who he said he was—God.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
2. How did the Pharisees view this woman?
3. How did Jesus respond to the Pharisees’ accusations?
4. How did Jesus respond to the woman?
5. Why did Jesus tell the woman to leave her life of sin?
6. How would you feel if you were the woman caught in adultery?
7. If you were the woman, how would you have responded to the way Jesus handled the situation?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
*READ TOGETHER: Love is putting someone else before your own interests. Justice means receiving what you deserve. If God were all loving and not just, no one would have to be responsible for their sins. But if he was only just and not loving, he would have to punish all of us for our sins.
8. How have you experienced love in your life? How about justice?
9. Which of these qualities do you tend to have a hard time believing about God?
10. Why do you think it’s important for God to be both loving and just?
11. How does God display His love and justice through the death of Jesus?
12. How could knowing that God is both loving and just change the way you live your life?
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