“Neither Do I Condemn You…”
A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Commit Adultery”
Read: John 8:10-11
Have you ever heard the phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? It is an endearing cliché that still finds its way into our vernacular in order to convey that we should not judge someone or something based solely on how it looks.
For example, you may look at an extremely muscular person but come to find out that he or she is afraid of something small. Take, for instance, the elephant. There is a legend stating that elephants are afraid of mice. If you were to look at an elephant, which weighs nearly a ton, you would not think that something as small as a mouse could stop it dead in its tracks. Surely, this must be a myth.
The Discovery Channel has a show called “Mythbusters” for such a legend. When they tested their myth, they found that it is completely plausible for an elephant to be afraid of a mouse. Every time the elephant came near the mouse, he stopped in his tracks and readjusted his path to move around the mouse in a cautious matter.
In John 8, Jesus and His disciples were approached to condemn a woman who had been caught in adultery. Her accusers were insistent that Jesus would want to stone her, but Jesus did not judge her by her sins. He saw through to the heart and began writing something on the floor. He then tells the accusers that the one who is without sin can stone her. Interestingly enough, the one without sin chose not to condemn her.
He established the pattern that His disciples should follow when dealing with those who are outside of the faith. Christ chose not to judge her as others had. Instead, He informed her that He did not condemn her and sent her on her way, calling her to repentance. We are not called to condemn others. We are not supposed to judge those outside of the faith. We should forgive, just as God forgave us.
Pause & Reflect:
• Have you ever felt judged by your sin?
• How does Christ respond to sinners?
• How can you resemble the attitude of Christ rather than the woman’s accusers?