It is easy throw stones. We can make them out of dirty looks or harsh words, even God’s Word to throw at others to make them feel inferior. We have all felt stones hit us in our lives. Jesus does not throw stones, he embraces, he forgives and he never condemns. You notice the times the Church has condemned others, and you see how condemnation is part of today’s interaction and communication in the world. There is always conflict. Reflecting on this story of Jesus with the woman who was condemned is a great eye-opener for us. Love overcomes condemnation.
John Chapter 8. “All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground.[a] 9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.”[b] And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” “