John 7:53 – 8:11

For the next several months we will be walking through the life and teachings of Jesus as told to us by someone who walked with Him, the Apostle John.

We jumped a little out of order this week and dove into a passage that is well-known, but often disputed over its’ authorship – the story of the woman caught in adultery. This passage is rich in the single thing that makes Christianity distinct from all other world religions – grace. When Jesus gave permission to the Pharisees and religious leaders to “cast the first stone” if they were without sin, He not only spoke to their religious elitism and audacity, but He put His finger on our deeply broken self-righteousness. While it is tempting to use this story to keep us from passing judgment and swinging the pendulum back toward being completely politically correct, this story should moreso cause us to evaluate how we pass judgment. There are times when it is completely appropriate (and necessary) to speak truth – but to do so in love, humility and with grace. As Paul tells us in Romans 2, after giving us a laundry list of sins that are an abomination to the Holy One: “When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” Where do you need to withhold judgment and condemnation? Is there a situation that you need to speak hard truth with love and grace? We’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here.

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