It is so easy to judge others. We hear the accusation, see the appearance or make an assumption and all at once another human is bad. We are all susceptible to it and have all been victims of it–still each day we awaken and will be faced with several opportunities to judge others.
Jesus had just spent hours being judged by the religious leadership and was teaching the people; when the same leaders throw a woman (caught cheating on her husband) before him. They ask…So smart guy, the law says to stone this harlot–You are God’s Chosen, what do you say we do? Technically, they are right!
But Jesus, God in flesh, responds as only a wise father could–“Which ever one of you is without sin, why don’t you throw the first stone!” In a few moments, the mob clears, the woman, shattered and shamed, remains alone, alive and redeemed. Jesus picks her up, reminds her sin was NOT ok, but it was forgiven.
We are never worthy, to judge others. It does not mean we condone sin–it simply means we must remember we are never more than a stones throw away from our own judgment. If we could see others as God sees them, we would be about pointing them to God–rather than pointing fingers at them. Help me, Lord to follow closely and leave judgment to you.
God Bless You
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 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. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”