JOHN 8: 1-11 “But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 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. No one condemned you?”
Focus – Verses 10 and 11
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.”
This is a powerful passage on judgement and forgiveness. Caught up in our busy lives, we may overlook the fact that we are all sinful and therefore have no right to judge each other’s sins. The only person who has that right is God but as shown in this passage, he doesn’t use that right to condemn us but rather to forgive us! Often, we can be extremely harsh on ourselves. We get stuck in the guilt and shame of our sin. But just remember, God does not condemn you. He is loving and merciful. So, next time someone does something wrong, remember that you are flawed and imperfect too. Next time you do something wrong, remember that God forgives and loves you.
Dear Lord, help us to be merciful. Help us to forgive others just as you have forgiven us. Amen.