Focus on Forgiveness
“Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” John 8:7 (nrsv)
I want to be slow to judge and quick to forgive. It is so easy to blame, to censure, to disapprove of someone’s behavior. It is arrogant to believe I am on a moral high road. It is an illusion, this transitory pang of superiority. As Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1–26 had had five husbands and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. There was plenty for Jesus to condemn in her behavior. Yet what did He talk about? Living water, eternal life and worshiping the Father. His goal was to have her change her heart and her actions and follow Him.
I must focus my eyes on forgiveness and telling others about Jesus, not on finding fault, placing blame and harboring a critical spirit. I want to live in the light of His love and mercy and remember that I am not without sin.
FAITH STEP: Be aware today of the times you are tempted to judge someone for their looks, behavior or attitude. Turn away from judgment.
Written by Judy Baer
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