Reflections of April 06
In many conversations, I have found myself saying ‘I can never …’ I will never …’ and in the same breath also very quick to condemn the act, not necessarily the person, but the act that I would supposedly never commit. I pray now for the mercy of God; for indeed, Jesus knew what he was doing when he challenged the accusers to come forward and stone the adulterer if any of them was without sin.
“They brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” … He said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”… When Jesus had raised Himself up … he saw no one but the woman” John 8:3-9
How many times have we pointed fingers at others or spoken against whatever they were doing in the most condescending manner, only to later find ourselves facing and fighting the same temptation. Maybe we have not pointed fingers or spoken in a condescending manner, but we sometimes feel we are above sin? Dear reader, not one of us is without sin or the capability to commit an act of sin we never thought possible, the situation only has to be orchestrated to suit your vulnerabilities, and voila! The scenes begin to play out. We really need to be careful – those of us who walk about proudly in all ‘holiness’ and ‘righteousness’ thinking we are above sin – they say pride comes before a fall; and the devil cunning, is prowling about, and seeking us in the areas we least expect.
I Said NEVER
They Said Never Say NEVER
Now I know why … For it is only by His grace Selah