Have you ever wondered what Jesus was writing on the ground? Was Jesus preaching to them, teaching them, challenging them, condemning them, or as I suspect, was He just writing down a list of sins to which most of us fall prey. The majority of Christians understand that all sin is equal. Romans 6:23a tells how the consequences of all sin are the same: “For the wages of sin is death.” (NIV) Though you may believe this, do you inadvertently equate sins differently? Such
Grading sins can take your eyes off Jesus. In Matthew 7:4-5, Jesus challenges those listening to Him, “How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” (NIV)
Judging others can cause:
- You to take the place of God in your life
- You to subjectively begin a constant dialogue of potential compromise with sin
- You to harden your heart with God as you justify sin in your life.
Worse than that is how it reflects a misunderstanding of the atonement of Christ. You are a sinner not because of your degrees or amounts of sin, but because you were born into sin through the sin of Adam. Christ died for your sins as He paid the price for your sins with the sacrifice of His body.
The crowd was ready to impute
How do you respond to another’s sin? With love! There is a story behind every sin:
- A lost person who needs the love of Christ for salvation
- One who cannot hold back sinful character traits because they hurt so badly on the inside
- A babe in Christ who does not fully understand sin and desperately needs discipleship
- A Christian who is calloused to his sin for lack of Christian fellowship where loving Christians can help him learn the Word as they model the Christian life.
None of these need judgment, but more of Jesus.
The next time you are ready to judge, ask God to let you see the Spiritual side. Inquire of God what He wants you to do in this situation. Ask Him to empower and equip you to love the one you are wanting to judge. You can never fully love God if you do not love people. Not loving God
Colossians 1:13-14 “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (NIV)
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