Throwing Stones

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Imagine a place where nobody throws stones.

Where everything said or done is to build up, not break down. To help, not hurt. To support, not accuse.

Where there is no gossip. No making fun of others. No harmful words that cut like a knife.

Where there’s no pointing fingers. No getting even. No eye for an eye, but rather giving freely even to save a life.

Where anyone can get a fresh start as long as they are contrite, repent and commit to live life the right way.

What a wonderful place that would be.

You can be that place.

At dawn he (Jesus) appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

– John 8:2-11 (NIV)

This post was originally published on August 5, 2017, and was republished on June 12, 2022, with the addition of John 8:2-11 (NIV) to the ending.

Published by Marc Casciani

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