Drop Your Stones
John 8:7 “……He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
The story of the woman caught in the act of adultery has always made me wonder. Why was she alone brought to Jesus? Where was her companion? I believe they were trying to test Jesus and trap Him in some kind of untraditional religious interpretation of the law. I also believe that it was a sign of the times.
Just like today we are anxious to find out dirt on someone. We hear a “rumor” about a brother or sister in the Lord, and we run to tell and expose their possible sin to the rest of the congregation. How often we judge others unfairly. How hypocritical, who are we to judge anyone? We look at others with a heart without mercy, yet we want God to examine our hearts with all mercy. What a wonderful world we’d live in if we judged others the way we want to be judged. Such grace would abound, such mercy would pour out on each of us, and we would, in turn, pour out grace and mercy to others.
What would we do if we caught someone in the very act of sin, and instead of exposing them, we covered them? No, we do not excuse their fault, but we also don’t dwell on their fault. We, as Paul pointed out, who are spiritual restore the one who has fallen.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
What if someone falls back into sin or, or returns to an addiction—do we wash our hands of them? Throw them out? Or do we cleanse them with the washing of the water of the word. Do we try to bind up their wounds, or do we keep picking and prodding them so they can never heal completely? Will they always have to bear a scar that says I am a sinner never to be forgiven.
How many things have we been forgiven of; how many times has Jesus restored us? We have lost too many wounded soldiers because of wrong judgments, heartless comments, and vicious gossip. It’s time to forgive as we have been forgiven.
But, what if they just won’t change—what if there are those who constantly, habitually sin and fall? What if they refuse to grow spiritually, what are we suppose to do with that one?
Love them, pray for them, weep for them, and bring hope to them. We are not Holy Spirit we cannot make people change. What we can do is point them to the One who can change everything. Don’t keep pointing to their sins, because honestly, we all know when we are sinning, we all know our weaknesses, it’s time to restore one another instead of destroy one another. It is time to drop our stones of condemnation, gossip, criticism, and discord and let Jesus deal with them in mercy and love.
John 8:11 “…... And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”