Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 21, 2009

Are We Throwing Stones or Showing Grace??

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

                 Ephesians 1:7-8

For past few days, I had been thinking of a specific thought and that keeps coming to me even today. I feel that if the Holy Spirit continuously talk to you a specific matter, then it is important, not only for someone out there, but also for me. I feel like writing it for today’s devotion because when I put it in words, that lesson becomes more clear to me and at the same time be useful for someone else too. Today’s devotion might not give you a comfort in your struggle or increase your faith in the impossibilities of life, but I believe that it will help you examine your spiritual life. Let me just explain. Are you a pharisee in your spiritual life? Pharisees were considered to be very loyal to God. They are very extremes in their beliefs and followers of the law. They were well familiar with all the commandments and strictly followed them. But they never understood who Jesus was, never tasted His love, never realised his compassion and mercy. Are you a Pharisee in your walk with Jesus?

For today’s devotion, I would like you to read John 8:1-11. There we read that the Pharisees brought an adultress to Jesus and accused her in the middle of a large group. Their main intention was to trap Jesus in His answer. According to the mosaic law, if a woman or man was caught in the act of adultery,then he/she must be stoned to death. So they expected either of the two answers from Jesus, “Stone her” or “Do not stone her”. If he asked them not to stone her, then they can accuse Him for not obeying the laws of Moses. Otherwise, they could point Him for not acting with compassion which He always preached. Either way, they expected to trap Him. But while they had all these intentions in their heart, Jesus kept silent and was writing something on the dust. We do not know what He was writing there. I’m sure that it was not a casually mentioned statement. If it is recorded in the Bible, then surely it has some significance. There are many speculations about that. Some say that Christ must have written the sins of many who have gathered there. According to the scripture of Jeremiah 17:13, some say that Jesus might have written the names of those who have forsaken Jesus. Whatever it is, I love the answer Jesus gave. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”. Hearing this, they all left one by one and when Jesus was alone with her, He said “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.

How are we in our spiritual life? Do we portray a saint’s life outside, while deep within we are rotten like a grave? We claim that we are ‘born again’ for many years and preach the gospel of love, yet do not show the love of our master in actions. We consider ourselves holy and closer to God and look at others with a Pharisee’s eye. We judge people with their circumstances, behaviour, way of life, past failures and put a stamp on them that they are not good enough to receive God’s mercy. Who are we to judge them? Salvation is by grace, and our qualification in spiritual matters does not count for His acceptance. If His grace did not come in search of us that day, we would not have been here today.

The Pharisees had the same attitude. They thought that this woman has done the greatest sin in life and so she is not worthy for His compassion and forgiveness. Bible says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. We can never be righteous with the things we do for christ, instead we are made righteous because of what He has done for us. Jesus can turn any hard-hearted person and a terrible sinner to a mighty man of God. And that is God’s compassion and mercy. Who are we to exempt anybody from His compassion?

We are no different that the above mentioned pharisee, if we think ourselves holy and separated and do not consider the aches of others and do not understand the circumstances they are in. God’s love is far from us, if we do not extend our hands to help them come out of that horrible pit. All the knowledge that we have attained from the scriptures will not do us any good if we do not sympathise with people who are in despair and guide them a way out to the living God.

While writing it helps me in edifying my spiritual life. I know many areas in my life where I have failed. I pray that this thought will help many to evaluate their spiritual life and direct many to Christ than condemning them. Do not read this devotion and think that it is not for me. Examine your life.  Ask God to reveal your flaws. Holy spirit will help you correct them. May not happen in a day. But eventually you and me will be mature like Jesus…and that is the heart of God.

Prayers,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Rani..
    A very meaningful thought.Let’s pray not to turn into one of them as we grow old in our christian life.
    :)smitha


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