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That’s Grace

Sheila Jacobs

Nov 3rd 2021 · Day 307

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The story of the woman caught in the act of adultery is a famous one. You may know it. Jesus is basically being set up. A woman is dragged before Him, and the religious elite put Him on the spot. If He condemns the adulterous woman, He will need acknowledge that she is due punishment. That will mean her death. If He lets her go, He won’t be seen to be upholding the Law.

He takes time to think, by writing on the ground. Then He comes up with the well-known reply: ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her’ (John 8:7).

We can be quick in our judgement of others, can’t we? But we all desire mercy, forgiveness. It’s easy to want to cast a stone at someone who we believe has wronged us or others, but when it comes to ourselves – well, that’s a different story.

I’m sure we can all think of times when we have criticised other people for their words or actions. But we need to remember that whenever we point a finger, there are always three pointing back at ourselves. That’s an old illustration, but a good one!

At the end of the episode, Jesus and the woman are left alone, as conscience tells the people who would have stoned her that they themselves are not without sin. Jesus tells the woman in verse 11 that He doesn’t condemn her, but that she should stop sinning.

He doesn’t condemn. He doesn’t accuse. But He tells us to live a different sort of life. 

That’s grace. How will we respond to it?

Pause and reflect: Lord, I need your grace and mercy. Please help me to extend it to others, too. Amen.

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Sheila Jacobs

Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
potential. She is passionate about pursuing God and helping others meet with Jesus.

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