Who are you to Judge?

John 8 :3-11  ” The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ” Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?  She said “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, ” Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”

Are we not all sinners, we all fall short when it comes to sin. No one is perfect. We all fall and get back up with God’ s grace. People can make poor choices due to their own brokeness.  Jesus can see our hearts and why one might have gone down the wrong road and what led them to poor judgement.

I had just written a book called, From Darkness into Light: Finding My Way to the Father’s Merciful Love. The reason I wrote it was to show people that no matter how lost you are, or rejected you feel, God is there waiting to restore you. He knows your heart and what led you to those crippled choices.

I also remember years ago being at prayer meetings and hearing “believers” judge other’s for sins, they heard they committed. I recall sitting there and shaking, wanting to stand up and say, “who are you to judge, you do not know that person, or what led them to that choice?”  The reason I did not say anything at the time was because I was weak and felt afraid to say anything.

Sin is horrible and has terrible consequences, I get that. I also know what it feels like to be that hurting person trapped in sin. Instead of judging other people we need to be more compassionate and reach out our hand to the one who is drowning in pain. Our compassion and Love will lead that person to Christ, I promise you it will. We are more likely to reach people in Love than in hate.

Dear Jesus,  I thank you for loving us. I thank you for restoring my broken heart. I pray for all who are hurting and suffering, that you will heal their hearts. I pray for others to look with compassionate eyes and be the light that will draw others out of darkness. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Who are you to Judge?

  1. This is beautiful and well done Shawna I thank God and rejoice.

    Keep up the good work and pray that God’s power we’ll keep working through you because it is his power and you are his and your words are his and in his Mercy he works through you rejoice and be glad and thank you my love and prayers father Clair

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