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In 1972, a mentally disturbed geologist by the name of Laszlo Toth slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Michelangelo’s sculpture The Pieta, a statue of Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus. Three years later, an unemployed school teacher rushed through a museum in Amsterdam until he reached Rembrandt’s famous painting "Night Watch." He took out a knife and slashed it repeatedly before anyone could stop him. Two cherished works of art were severely damaged. What did officials do? Throw them out because they were damaged? Absolutely not! Using the best experts, who worked with the utmost care and precision, they made every effort to RESTORE the treasures.
A damaged person is worth more than any work of art and the same careful efforts should be made to restore them to a relationship with God. The value of art results from the artist and the age, but we are created in the image of God as His workmanship.

Jesus did not condemn the sinners. When Jesus came to this Earth he came with authority and power. God had placed His authority of judgment into the hands of Jesus. If anybody that ever lived had the right to condemn sinners for the way in which they lived Jesus did. He lived his life perfectly and would not have been a hypocrite, but Jesus showed us the perfect example of hating the sin and loving the sinner.

In John 8:1-11 we read about a sinner and the grace she received instantly. By telling her “go and sin no more” Jesus was showing His Love towards a sinner, for her it meant that she was released from her sinful life and can start afresh again. His act of Love changed the world for her. I want you all to imagine you have one last chance to live in this world and the judge pronounces “You are set free” Can you imagine happiness in your heart and first words coming from your mouth? Jesus never condemned and true love never condemns. It transforms. He treated Sinner not the Sin and it is human side which does not allow us to see him closely when he says “Go and Sin no more” What are we to do with our sins? Exactly what that lady did “Sin no more”.