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Guarding Ourselves From Condemning Others
2/1/2017

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7 (NKJV)

The story of the woman caught in the act of adultery is one of my favorite stories of God’s amazing grace within the New Testament.  A group of pious men began to ask Jesus about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. As these men hurled accusations against the woman, they began to tell Jesus how she should be put to death for her sin, because it was the proper penalty under Jewish law for this offense. When they questioned Jesus as to what He would say about this act, He said nothing. Instead, He just bent down and began writing on the ground (John 8:8).

What followed was a great lesson, because as Jesus began to write, the accusers began to leave one-by-one. It is interesting as this is the only occasion on record referring to Jesus writing. No one knows for sure what He wrote, but I can’t help but wonder if He was simply reminding them of their past individual offenses. It seems almost human nature to look at the speck in our brother’s eye, when we have our own issues to deal with. Jesus knew this, and so He warned us not to do this.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 (NKJV)

Satan loves to keep us paralyzed in condemnation for our past mistakes, and he will use other people—including another Christian—to attack us by focusing upon our past and the very things we have been forgiven of. When this happens, we must acknowledge we are being attacked and then choose to cast aside these lying thoughts, and replace them with thoughts that are good and wholesome (2 Cor 10:5; Phil. 4:8).

God sent Jesus to pay the debt of our sin, and as He was dying upon the cross He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus had executed the perfect will of the Almighty. And for those who have placed their faith in Jesus for forgiveness of their sin, the debt of their sin has been paid in full. Paid in full means “PAID IN FULL!” Who is anyone to condemn us when Christ died for our sin, and declared us righteous when we accepted His payment?

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Rom. 8:1 (NKJV)

Guard yourself against the enemy’s temptation to condemn others of their sin. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have an obligation to lovingly confront others who are “in” sin (Gal. 6:1), but we never have the right to condemn them of their sin.

STUDY QUESTION: How did Jesus handle the people who were ready to condemn the woman?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself wanting to condemn another person for their sin, and not forgiving them in the same manner with which you were forgiven?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to give you the gift of mercy, forgiveness and love, so you can bestow these loving attributes upon others, and love them in the same way Jesus did to us. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your loving kindness, grace and mercy upon my life. I ask that You will bestow Your “agape” type of love upon me so I can be gracious and forgiving to all who may attack or offend me. My heart is for You to be glorified in my actions, and I acknowledge, apart from You I cannot do this. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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