When the teachers of religious laws and the Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery, they waited for Jesus to rebuke her and castigate her according to the law of Moses, where they can also trap Jesus by His words. Jesus’ reply took them by surprise when He said, ‘Alright, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’
The Pharisees where stunned by Jesus’ choice of judgement so one after the other, they slipped away, beginning with the oldest until it was only Jesus Christ that was left. None of them could cast the first stone because they knew they were not without sin even as teachers of religious laws, if they’d punished the woman according to the laws of Moses due to her sin, they would have also been found guilty. So the Bible said, ‘and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.’ (John 8:9 AMP)
It is very easy for us to open our mouths and speak evil of someone, very easy to judge someone that has been found ‘guilty’ of a crime in our sight (not the sight of God) according to human perspective. Sometimes without thinking twice, when we hear of such news irrespective of who has sinned, we use our mouths to sentence the individual and judge them harshly just like the Pharisees and the teachers of religious laws had done. Most of us still act like the Pharisees, always ready to tongue-lash anyone whose sin has been brought out to the open.
It could be the sister in church who got pregnant out of wedlock, the marital affairs of the Pastor or a member that’s been brought to the open, a wealthy individual who it has been said got his wealth by fraudulent means, the Pastor who sexually harasses his female members and so on. Jesus is still saying to us ‘Alright, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ In other words, if you are without sin let that person be the first to judge anyone that has fallen short of God’s grace. Unfortunately there is no one, none of us is without sin therefore we have no right to judge others.
‘Only a sinless person has the right to Judge a sinful person.’
If Jesus who was without sin could decide not to condemn an Individual irrespective of his or her sin, then who are we to condemn someone when we are not righteous? It is very easy to condemn people (especially men of God) when their sin or alleged sin is brought to light. We can be so quick to castigate ignoring our own sin and fault before God.
If God was to expose our hidden secrets, hidden thoughts and daily sin for the world to see, how many of us will be bold enough to stand head tall in front of our friends, family, church members and the society as a whole? I’m guessing none of us would be that brave.
Most of us struggle with pornography, adultery, stealing, lying, masturbation and so on. We don’t see God condemning us in anyway and yet when we ask for his forgiveness and in a while fall back to the sin, like a pig going back to the mud, God still does not condemn us but show us love.
Yet, when a scandal comes up we are the first to judge and condemn. (Romans 2:1-3). Instead of Judging people irrespective of what they’d done, we should have a soothing tongue for those that have gone the wrong path and not break their spirit. If we call the person or persons to order (if they are within our reach) to strengthen and encourage that individual to press on with Jesus and make them know or remind them that there’s no sin too great the blood of Jesus Christ can’t wash away, we are engaging in exhortation.
Then the healing balm of Gilead begins to drip down into that person’s wounded soul. That way we can prevent a soul from been lost and making them see the grace of God. And if such person is not within our reach, we can pray for the salvation of their soul and ask God to show them the right path. This way we are putting our mouths to a better use.
Jesus Christ was hung between two thieves and He didn’t condemn either one of them, at the end one received salvation just as grace found the adulterous woman. Until Christians start seeing that souls are perishing and there’s a spiritual need to bring the fold back to Jesus then we have a problem, we have a long way to be transformed into the image of God.
Apostle Paul said, working on the five fold ministry or having the gifts of the Holy Spirit without love is nothing. The love for perishing souls or the love for man kind drives our hearts to pray for the lost souls instead of condemning them, to pray they find salvation and not derail from the right path. Jesus was always moved by compassion and never judge anyone.
Let’s begin to shape ourselves into the character of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit works within us. But remember, anytime you are about to Judge a person keep this within your heart, ‘Alright, but let the one who has not sinned throw the first stone.’