Driving down the street as the day turns to dusk, you take a shortcut to the market. After a couple of turns, nothing looks familiar. You’re lost. As you approach a stop sign, you see several unsavory types standing in a circle, right beside the stop. It looks like a shady deal going down. You approach slowly and try not to stare at the men. They appear to be concentrating on an object in the middle of the circle. Fear flows from every pore in your soul. What do you do?
In John 8:1-11, an angry mob pushes a naked woman to the ground in front of Jesus. The woman, caught in the act of adultery, and the men, ready with stones in hand, expect a verdict from Jesus. Jesus replies, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one stones drop to the ground and the men walk away. Only the woman and Jesus remain.
Are we quick to judge and slow to show mercy? Do we judge people based on where they live, church attendance, what they wear, who their friends are, where they spend their money and time?
Everything is not always as it seems. Could it be that the men huddled around the stop sign were discussing philosophy or perhaps a difficult to understand passage from the Bible?
“Love One Another” is a basic fundamental of following Christ. Love one another as you love yourself by placing each person’s position above your own. Instead of looking down on people, humble yourself and extend mercy. Strive to please God by allowing judgment to rest in His hands.