This story is of the woman caught in adultery. It seems as if the scribes and Pharisees were looking for a way to indict and bring a charge against Jesus by asking Him a trick question. If Jesus would reject the law of Moses, His credibility would be gone. If He held to the Mosaic law, His reputation for compassion and forgiveness would have been compromised. But amazingly, Jesus, being perfectly full of grace and truth (John 1:14), uttered the statement “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone.” (v.7) Jesus was calling them to a man in the mirror experience as He was charging them to examine their own sinfulness first before pronouncing judgment on another. What happened next is profound as one by one they all went away until Jesus was left alone with the woman. It seems as if no one was left to condemn her. Full of grace, Jesus also does not condemn her. However, full of truth, He calls her to commit to “Sin no more” by leaving her life of sin.
Questions for further thought:
1. Would I characterize myself as more of a grace person or a truth person?
2. Who could I ask to see if my characterization is correct?
Challenge: Seek to exhibit both grace and truth in your relationships this week.
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