Exposed. Humiliated. Alone.
Thrown in the dirt by those who call themselves religious.
In her weakest, most needy moment, she received nothing but judgment and certain death. These were the men who prided themselves in being God’s chosen. They paraded around in their “goodness,” and yet in her moment of trouble, there was nothing truly good in how they treated her.
This woman caught in adultry, though gulity, was in need of something greater than judgment.
She needed mercy. Forgiveness.
Jesus saw beyond her sins and her scars and chose mercy.
My husband has this saying, a twist on an original, that goes: “Everyone wants to be a Christian, until it’s time to do Christian things.”
How often do we play the “Christian” game, parading around in our standards and “goodness,” and yet miss the very mission of Christ? He went out of His way for the broken, sick, and unwanted. Do we?
It’s not always easy to look past a personal affront and see the hurting soul, but it is easy to be offended.
It’s not always easy to have understanding, but it is easy to assume we are right.
It’s not always easy to meet sin with compassion, but it is easy to pass judgment.
Mercy isn’t always easy. Forgiveness certainly isn’t either.
But Christ has called us – not to the easy – but to love even when it is hard. And that is where we will find true fulfillment.
Let’s not be guilty of wanting to be a Christian, but not wanting to do the Christian thing.
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