How easy it is to make up your mind about someone or something. This is especially true when driving on the crazy roads of South Florida. How many times has someone cut you off, forgot to use a turning signal, or just plain didn’t see you driving along minding your own business? The nerve of these drivers! How did they ever pass their driving test? If you could read people’s lips, I am sure you would “hear” angry words are too unrighteous to repeat in a “Holy” fasting guide such as this.
On the roadways, everyone seems to be so quick to judge the worth, capabilities, and mental status of drivers that are less talented than themselves when it comes to driving. In fact, those crazy drivers are probably not as good as they are at anything since they drive so poorly. Although this may seem like an extreme example, our capacity to judge another can be similarly steeped in an emotional response that it causes people to run from God rather than to Him. A perfect depiction of this is found in the story of the woman caught in adultery. The religious leaders (church) were so quick to judge that they didn’t even think twice about the possibility of God wanting to show grace and mercy. While it was within their “rights” to judge, Jesus chose to show them a higher way. One that was filled with love and forgiveness.
7 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.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”- John 8:7-11 NKJV
You might think that this woman was not deserving of that kind of response from Jesus. You are probably right about that. She was a bad person that did a bad thing and she should have to pay for that bad thing she did. On the other hand, haven’t we all done bad things? Haven’t we all been deserving of punishment at one time or another? You see, if we can start looking at people through the eyes of how we want God look at us, maybe it would change the way we respond to the sin of our culture. Instead of being ready to condemn, protest, rebuke, and shun those acting in the only way they know how too, maybe we would show the love that is necessary to loose them from sin and bind them to the heart of the Father.
18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18
Let’s do our best to act like Jesus. Not that we embrace sin, but that we would embrace the person, allowing the love of Jesus to flow from us to them. This flow of love caused the adulteress woman to have her God connection moment. Be a conduit of that love to our world and watch the love connect them to the God of Love!
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