Do you ever struggle with revenge? You know, someone’s done you wrong and you want to see them hurt because you hurt? I do. But scripture clearly tells us, “Repay no one evil for evil” (Romans 12:17).
Maybe it’s easy to see those words on the pages of the Bible and agree in our heads, but when we’re offended at an injustice, the game changes, right? Thoughts of revenge shove those nice words to the recesses of our conscience!
Like the scribes and Pharisees who caught a woman in adultery and wanted to stone her. They had every right according to the law! She was wrong. She had violated the law!
But Jesus steps in and changes everything.
First, He confronts the scribes and Pharisees, challenging them: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7).
They all walked away. Wouldn’t we have had to do the same?
Then Jesus turns to her, and instead of berating her for her sin, He tells her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
He doesn’t lecture her or tell her how wrong she is. He doesn’t shun her or treat her as less than. He simply loves her by speaking truth and tells her how to go forward in His will.
We will always have opportunity to take offense. Will we take up a rock? Or knowing that our own sin cancels our right to condemn another, no matter how grave their sin may be – even the “biggies” – will we drop the stone and respond in love?
Will we drop the stone and forgive?
It’s what Jesus did for us, and does daily when we are His.
We can’t accept His free gift of grace, forgiveness and salvation and then refuse the same to another.
Drop the stone.
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