I found myself pondering this morning on a compelling event in the Bible that takes place in John chapter 8. I am sure that many will remember after hearing a bit of the story but, just in case you don’t, I will refresh your mind.
Jesus had awaken one early morning and made his way to the temple (just as he often did) to teach the people who were present. As he was teaching, teachers of the law and Pharisees brought forth a woman whom was convicted of adultery. I find this to be so ironic and relevant to our situation as Christians today. Have you ever had one of those moments where someone puts your faith on trial? They may intentionally create a situation that, to them, will somehow cause you to portray your faith in some way (rather it be bad or good). In my life, it happens more often than I would like it to. I have times during the week where my faith will be on high, almost as if the Holy Ghost has taken the helm on my body. During those times, there have been moments where people, who are in doubt of my faith, test me to see how strong it is. I don’t know about how this makes you feel but to me its nearly a slap in the face. I often doubt myself due to it. Yet, I am forced to stand and prove my faithfulness…….
Just like Jesus
This predicament put Jesus at odds with the sacred Law that Moses taught. For centuries, Jews had built the foundation of their faith on this law and its principles. Thankfully, Jesus was no normal man and he wasn’t prone to “missing the mark”.
As the story goes, he bent down as if he were writing in the sand. He then arose with the iconic line, “Let anyone who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Whoa….. Did he just say that? Yes he did.
Kindly, the men began to depart. With this, Jesus tells the woman, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Although many may see this differently than I, I simply see the fact that we, as sinners, have no right or justifiable reason to condemn others of their sin. If your faith is ever put on trial, be like Jesus! Overcome negativity and doubt with love and compassion. Love never fails. If you live your life full of love, you will never fail either.
My hope is that these thoughts may aid you on your walk through life. If you enjoyed this, feel free to read more on my blog! God Bless