I love many people. I love God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. I love my husband, my children and my family. I love my friends and I love the story of Jesus compassion, grace and mercy to the women caught in adultery in John 8. The Pharisees and teachers of the Law brought this woman in front of Jesus where he was teaching to a large crowd of people. The law of the time was that anyone caught in the act of adultery would be stoned to death, with very large boulders. The accusers were actually trying to trap Jesus into saying something they could use against him so they could arrest Jesus.
Jesus did something very peculiar. He bent down and began writing in the dust with his finger as the accusers demanded an answer from Him. Jesus says,“All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” One can only imagine that perhaps he was writing the sins of the accusers in the dirt. One by one the accusers left until it was only Jesus, the woman and the crowd Jesus had been teaching too. Jesus forgave the woman of her sins and told her to go and sin no more.
If we are to be like Jesus, as we are called to be, we ought not throw stones of judgement but instead offer forgiveness and love.
Holy Spirit help us to look past the sin of others and not cast judgement. After all, we were pulled from a life of sin and while sinner is no longer our identity, our heart still has a great propensity to sin, sometimes knowingly and sometimes not. It is not for us to judge, our responsibility is to love like You; love like Jesus. Regardless of the sin; murder, molestation, adultery, lying, cheating, this list goes on. I know this is counter cultural. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear or read about a child abduction, campus rape or a senseless death? We want the person responsible to pay. That is human nature. But, Jesus paid the cost for their sin, your sin and my sin. He looks past the sin and sees the person he created and he calls us to do the same. Sin is sin, and I am not down playing sin which leads to spiritual death and life altering consequences, but Satan uses it to distract us from the person God created. If we are constantly looking at someones sin we can’t see the beautiful person God has made. The person he sent his Son to die on the cross for so they too can have the hope of eternity.
I encourage and challenge you to start or continue to pray for those who don’t yet know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, especially those you read or hear about in the news. Perhaps they have no one praying for them and God has chosen you to be their prayer warrior. Who knows but God that He has called you to such a time as this!