Read John 7-8
Highlight: John 8: 3-11
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 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. 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.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
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. 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.”
It is hard to look at ourselves rather than to judge others for their wrongs. Each of us has done things that were wrong, but Jesus taught us that God wants us to be kind and loving rather than judgmental. Sometimes it is easier to look outside of ourselves, to tell others in our family or those that we work with that they are wrong and should follow our rules just because we are in charge; “because I am the boss and that’s why”. But shouldn’t we be kind and gentle and forgiving and help the people we are with every day to have a better relationship with God? It wasn’t that Jesus wanted the woman in this scripture to continue her “life of sin”, but his gentle way of showing forgiveness is an example for us all.
Dear God, help me to be gentle and forgiving to everyone around me today – those I know and those I don’t. Forgive me for focusing on what I want instead of the needs all around me. And bless my actions so that they may help others to see your light. Amen