Saturday, June 22, 2013

Who can point a finger?

I begin this posting with the words - YES IT WAS WRONG!  Paula Deen was wrong, but then I ask who hasn't messed up and hurt someone else in your life?  Well for those of you that raised your hand or said me; you better take a good look in the mirror.  Every last one of us that are human have messed up in maybe not the exact way that Paula Deen did, but in a similar situation.  We have hurt others with our words in some way.  Yes, words can be very ugly, they can cut someone to the core of who they are and it is definitely wrong, but have you not used words in a wrong way?  I know I have.  I've hurt others and at times didn't even realize it!  I was wrong!  I admit it and I needed forgiveness.

It reminded me of the story found in John 8 where the woman is brought or should I say thrown before Jesus in the temple court.  The people that brought her threw her down and demanded that Jesus say she needed to be stoned for adultery.  Jesus knew it was a trap for him and they were using this woman for something else.  They were trying to catch Jesus.  They were trying to mess Him up to trap Him, but he silently bent down and started writing in the sand with his finger.  Picture this for yourself.  A crowd of judgmental people trying to make Jesus do something, a woman standing before Him and a crowd in a very horrible situation and a crowd a buzz about how it was all going to work out.  Don't you picture them pointing fingers?  A little giggling here and there, and the haughty looks down their noses at the woman and then at each other?  Come on picture it.  We've witnessed things like this situation in our own life.  

Quietly Jesus just writes and then quietly looks up and says "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."  Wow, don't you know it got deathly quiet?  Not a pin dropping, not anyone willing to be all haughty now...after all, who among us hasn't sinned?

Why can't we offer compassion, forgiveness and allow God to handle the judgment?  Sin is sin.  My sin is just as wrong as your sin and the only way either of our sins is okay is by the blood of Jesus!  WE need to realize ALL of us are only forgiven for whatever our sin is by Jesus.  

It's so sad to me that the world today rejoices in other's failures or mess ups rather than celebrate their success!  I love the old expression about pointing fingers and how to watch out it will come right back to you.  Don't remember exactly how it was stated, but something along that line!

John 8:10- 11~ Jesus offered these words to the woman left alone standing with Jesus.
"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."

Thank you Jesus for the mercy that you show all of us!
Sweet blessings,


Frankie said...

That's key, "Go and sin no more!" The Lord doesn't want us to stay in our sin, whatever that sin is and God is the Authority on what He has called sin. The rest of us just have opinions and that won't stand up in the End.

Chantay said...

Not one of us can point a finger. We have all fallen short. We should consider ourselves when pointing fingers. Then none would be pointed. If not for the grace of God, where would be all be.