There is an old saying, “People who live in glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones.” I was reading a story in John the other day where Jesus made a similar statement. He had been teaching in the temple, when the religious leaders brought before him a woman caught in the act of adultery. They wanted to know what punishment the woman should have. The Law of Moses commanded that she be stoned, but Jesus came to bring repentance to sinners; to save them, not destroy them.
The religious leaders were trying to entrap Jesus, to put him between a rock and a hard place.
Jesus encouraged the crowd who were pointing fingers at this woman to look inside themselves. He urged whoever was without sin in their life to throw the first stone. And no one could. One by one, they turned and walked away. When it was just Jesus and the woman left, he asked her if anyone had condemned her. She said, “No.”
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11)
Jesus didn’t condemn the woman, nor did he condone what she had done. He implored her to move on … and stop doing what she had been doing.
WOW … that is such an encouragement for me. I don’t have to beat myself up when I make a mistake. I don’t have to be stoned to death … I simply need to STOP – to ask Jesus for forgiveness and turn away from whatever it was I was doing wrong.
And when others mess up … I need to not throw stones … but take a good hard look at myself.
Father, thank you for this lesson. Teach me how to keep myself clean and clear; to not throw stones at others.
I Love You Jesus!
In your name I pray,
God’s Blessings Upon You!
The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!