John 8:6-7 “This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
“Every sinner is a victim of the enemy.” – Pastor Randy King
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
The devil spins his web of deceit and catches any and all who fall prey to his wiles.
The thought we often miss is that there is not one of us without sin – including us!
Yet, we so often, take up in our hearts, opinions, prejudices, and preferences that position ourselves as judge to those we see. Often, it is when we only have some of the facts that we come to the conclusion that they are guilty and deserving of a punishment we are more than happy to mete out.
We take up with the majority opinion. We follow after the crowd and believe that because so many see it our way, we must be right.
This is even true of bible believers.
Because we have the truth of the Word of God, we believe that we must always be right – when in fact God exposes us.
Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
We rank sin. Some deem them ‘little’ sins – those are ususally the ones we commit. Others have a top ten. At the top of those lists are the sins by which we have been wounded. Then there are those which most of us find abhorrent. Even religions rank sin as lesser and major.
For you, it might be homosexuality. For another it might be murder. Still others might think that abusing children is heinous or political corruption or enslavement.
Satan offers a cornucopia of options and choices to sin. He lowers the bar; he paints the door to make it look attractive to us. He dangles a carrot in that direction to get us to look. A drop of money here, a look at naked flesh there and we’re off to the races.
Why is it that we take up criticism of others when we ourselves are guilty?
I have found that often, the most vociferous of opponents to a thing is either doing it themselves or has been wounded by someone who has done it to them.
We are admonished:
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Only a humble and teachable spirit can take up the position to be forgiving of all. It is only when we see through the eyes of God that things become clear.
No matter the sin, they are a soul for whom Christ died. If unsaved, they need salvation, not condemnation.
Yes, their sin is wrong – but so is mine… and so is yours.When we begin to understand and see things as God would have us, He then pushes us a bit further.
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
There is no better example than our Savior.
Luke 23:33-34 “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
They were the very agents of Satan. Jesus knew that in submission to His Father’s will, whatever happened was not only allowed, but by the Father’s design. That is a tough pill to swallow when you are the one hurt, wounded, and abused.
Submission to the commandments of God, a greater good and One more powerful can only happen by faith.
Oh, that today we would hear His voice and harden not our hearts!