Monthly Reflection – August 2014
Dear all I hope that this month’s reflection finds you all well!
10% plus two!
8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts; where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.9 at this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John Chapter 8
10% plus two is a phrase that some of you may be aware of?
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has issued speed enforcement policy guidance, which suggests that enforcement will normally occur when a driver exceeds the speed limit by a particular margin. This is normally 10 per cent over the speed limit plus 2 mph. In essence this means that in any road with a thirty miles per hour speed limit you can drive up to 34mph before you fall foul of our white hatted chums- (in theory!)
The more well-known translation of the end of verse 11 above is ‘Go and sin no-more’ (KJV) and for me it does raise an interesting question about how we all live our lives.
I have been stopped by the Police for speeding- yes I will admit it I have on occasion been driving a bit too fast- I am happy to say however that the times I have been stopped are few and far between, I never identified myself as an officer and I have been only marginally over the limit which has resulted in a warning! On one occasion I had been out for dinner in Hertford and had left a very good friend’s house in Watton at Stone when I was stopped by a Dog Handler for going a ‘bit quick’ near to my house in Watford in the early hours of the morning- The officer was suitably polite when telling me off and I as you would expect was very apologetic- I explained that I was late, was up early for work in the morning and that I was usually such a careful driver etc……. Does that mean that having said sorry on that one occasion that I could speed again???? Of course not- speeding is still an offence!
As a Traffic Constable and Sergeant I stopped numerous people for speeding and over the years I gave drivers a Telling off, formal Warnings, Tickets and reported people for summons. In all the years and all the stop checks I never said to anyone- ‘I forgive you- Go and Speed No-more!’
In my life and walk as a Christian I understand that I am not perfect- I am simply forgiven and have access to the Love and forgiveness of God through the Death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. Our walk is an on-going process where we are refined by God to be more like him- Daniel 12:10 says-’Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.’
We must understand that we need to be aware of our weaknesses and place them at the foot of the cross for Christ to deal with as we will never be strong enough on our own! The most important thing to remember is that by God’s Grace we are forgiven- not perfect; that we all must make a choice to go and try with his help to sin no-more! I rejoice in the knowledge that even though I am weak he is strong- in John 16:33 it says- ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’
God is big enough for any problem or weakness- but remember unlike ACPO policy there is no 10% plus two when it comes to obeying God; we should be concerned with what is right or wrong not what we can ‘get away with!’
Dear Lord- help us all to recognise that we are weak and you are strong; give us the wisdom and strength to go forwards in your will. Please change me- help me to put away the things of the past and help me to do your will.