No Throwing Stones

 Jesus was in the temple teaching when some religious leaders brought in a woman who they said was caught in adultery. The religious leaders tried to explain to Jesus (the Son of God) what the law commanded in such situations.

John 8:6-8 “This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.”

When Jesus looked up again, the woman was standing alone. The only one with her was the spotless, sinless Son of God.

Have you ever seen a bird on the ground that is flapping around? The bird for some reason has fallen and injured a wing, and there it is struggling on the ground. Do you think this woman could have felt like a crippled, injured bird? Do you think she might have been wounded and hurting? Do you think she could have asked herself, “How could God love me? How does He put up with me?”

God’s love is not conditional. He loves us when we are not so lovable. He loves us when we don’t do it just right. He loves us when we fall, like the bird. Does He overlook sin or overlook us missing the mark? No!

What did Jesus tell the woman in the story?

John 8:11 “Neither do I condemn you, go, and sin no more.”

God is not in the business of condemning us. As a loving Father, He desires to lift us up out of our weaknesses and failures.

David in Psalm 102:7 states, “I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.”

Why did David say this? Because he missed the mark. He blew it! But God never gave up on him.

Father, I pray for those that may be feeling like that fallen, injured bird. I ask that they would realize that Your everlasting love will overshadow their failures, inadequacies, and weaknesses. Thank You, Lord, for Your wonderful love. Through Your love we are set free!

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