“Dropping The First Stone” ( John 8: 7, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Jesus says to the woman — rightfully accused by men — of adultery, “Neither do I condemn you.” Jesus is not saying she is not guilty of her crime, just that she is not going to die for it. We get this wrong so often in our daily walk with ourselves and with others. We think somehow persons who sin, including ourselves, need punishment. Let’s lock them away; let’s keep them from practicing their sins; let’s keep them out of our government, our schools, our churches, our neighborhoods, our families. Or, if it is ourselves we blame, we decide we must wallow in our guilt, practice asceticism or even self-flagellation.

So often we stand at the edge of the crowd looking on at other people who we’ve judged as sinful, and we ready ourselves to cast the first stone.

And, if we listen at all to the Lord, we hear Jesus’ soft voice saying, “Let he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And, if we understand the Lord, we feel that stone drop from our hand.

Jesus says to the woman and to us, “Go, and sin no more.”


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lambskinny says:

    Thanks Bonnie

  2. lambskinny says:

    Joe, thank you so much. God bless. Carley

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks very much, Michael.

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