July 17, 2014
Drop Your Stones
God has a mandate, “This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.”(John 15:12 AMP)
We are called to love one another. It is important to remember that command as we represent Jesus when we extend His love into our city and world.
People look to us for that love extended. Love is no respecter of persons. You can’t earn it and you can’t lose it by an act of sin. It is up to us to expose sin to unconditional love.
“The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him. Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women–offenders] shall be stoned to
death…Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger. They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest
down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court. When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:3-11 AMP)
Let me state here that I am not saying we look the other way or ignore sin. I am not saying we condone sin. I believe that injustice is wrong and we should take a stand against sin – it is harming the people we love. What I am saying is to expose sin to love. I believe that we have a responsibility to be on the right side of the line.
Jesus drew a line in the sand. On one side were accusers with rocks and on the other a woman caught in sin. Jesus didn’t join the accusers, he beautifully exposed her sin to love and as a result she chose to sin no more.
There are people in our world who need that kind of love. Yes, what they stand for and how they do business goes against everything that we believe as a follower of Jesus, but hurling accusations and insults will not reach them. The only thing that can penetrate sin is the love of Jesus.
Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11 AMP)
What side of the line are you on? If there is a stone in your hand, please drop it. Let’s be on the side of the line that Jesus is and lovingly lift a person, exposing their sin to love and as a result they sin no more.