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Stop Throwing Stones!

May 23, 2019

 

As I was doing my morning devotional readings I came across the Our Daily Bread and wanted to share it with you. 

 

The author shares this story, "Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of Christ’s words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7).

 

Y'all remember that story, right? Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when He made that statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:5). Because they considered Jesus a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (John 8:6)—and getting rid of Him.

 

Yet when Jesus replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin throw the first stone.” Not one person could bring themselves to pick up a stone. One by one, they walked away.

 

Family, before we critically judge another’s behavior while looking lightly at our own sin, let’s remember that all of us “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we need to make sure we take the plank out of our own eye before we can see to remove the speck in someone elses eye. (Matthew 7:5)

 

How about Instead of condemnation and sliver pulling, let's do as our Savior did. He showed this woman, and you and me for that matter, grace and hope. Jesus is the King of second chances, shouldn't we strive to be like HIM?

 

We read in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son, that who ever believes in Him will not perish but will be saved! For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it but to SAVE IT through HIM!"

 

John 8:10–11, "Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

How can we not do the same for others? So, let's stop throwing stones and give peope the room to grown and have a second chance 

 

In His Hands,

John-HE>i

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