Day 44 - John 8:1-11
Points to Ponder:
1.How does Jesus show concern for the woman?
2.How does Jesus show concern for the Jews who confronted her (and him)?
3.Who is Jesus most concerned about in these verses? Why do think that?
When Jesus stood up, he said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” – John 8:10-11.
Lord Jesus, you handled this situation so carefully and compassionately. You confronted the Jewish leaders compassionately but boldly. You also confronted this woman with grace and truth. Lord Jesus, it is so hard for me to do this in my dealing with people. I tend to tip on one of two sides of the tightrope. Sometimes I err on the side of loving the law so much that I just try to catch people in their sin and show it to them. I look at myself and fail to see my own sin. Too many times I care too much about rules and regulations and not enough about people. Sometimes, dear Jesus, I err on the side of loving people and end up overlooking what your law says to them. I overlook their sin. But, Lord Jesus, neither way is love. Help me to love people like you did. You neither overlooked the law or sin nor did you fail to love compassionately and deeply all who came to you. Give me, dear Jesus, a heart like yours. Give me, dear Jesus, compassion like yours. Make me wise in all situations to know how to address sin when it rears it’s head in people’s hearts and lives. Make me compassionate in all situations to care about all people even in their sin. Forgive me for the hard way I have dealt with people sometimes. Forgive me for the heartless way I have failed to deal with people sometimes by overlooking their sin. It is both sin to you. Forgive me and help to love them in grace and truth as you did. Amen.