We need to handle the heart of the matter! We need to build up a relationship! We need to face the situation with heart, love, grace and mercy! We need to be like Jesus who reached out to people in need, people in pain, and people who others were trying to judge and reject! We need to be people who are loving others! We need to be the outreaching, embracing, and training type of people God has called us to be as the church!
Start with the person through relationship building
you are able to speak life into their life
This morning’s reading starts this topic with a very real example. How do you handle a situation when people bring such a situation into your life? Will you confront the accusers? Will you confront the accusations? Will you speak the hope of Jesus of forgiveness? Will you speak the truth of God’s Word to point people to Jesus and to living a transformed life?
The Woman Caught in Adultery
1Then everyone went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early the next morning he went back to the Temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?” 6They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, “Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.” 8Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 10He straightened up and said to her, “Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?”
11“No one, sir,” she answered. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.”
–from John 8
We have all sinned! We have all fallen short of the glory of God! We all need forgiveness! We all missed the mark! Sin is sin! There isn’t smaller vs. larger sin! There isn’t that sin is so much worse than my sin! We all need forgiveness for having missed the mark! So don’t judge someone else because of what they have done, but rather love them so that they may receive the grace of God! And help those who are trying to judge to see the reality of the situation. Imagine being part of those who tried to bring the woman to justice and ended up seeing Jesus writing your sins in the dirt, maybe not your name next to it, but revealing sins that you alone would know you are guilty of! Let’s be ambassadors of love! Let’s be ambassadors of hope! Let’s be ambassadors of truth! Let’s be ambassadors of forgiveness! So that we can build up relationships and help others to come into the relationship that everyone needs with Jesus! So let’s be real! Let’s be true! And not be false teachers!
Today’s reading continues with…
1False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and will deny the Master who redeemed them, and so they will bring upon themselves sudden destruction. 2Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and because of what they do, others will speak evil of the Way of truth. 3In their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up stories. For a long time now their Judge has been ready, and their Destroyer has been wide awake!
4God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell, where they are kept chained in darkness, waiting for the Day of Judgment. 5God did not spare the ancient world, but brought the flood on the world of godless people; the only ones he saved were Noah, who preached righteousness, and seven other people. 6God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them with fire, and made them an example of what will happen to the godless. 7He rescued Lot, a good man, who was distressed by the immoral conduct of lawless people. 8That good man lived among them, and day after day he suffered agony as he saw and heard their evil actions. 9And so the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and how to keep the wicked under punishment for the Day of Judgment, 10especially those who follow their filthy bodily lusts and despise God’s authority.
–from 2 Peter 2
Let’s draw closer to God and build up our relationship with Him through the bond and sacrifice of Jesus who made a way when there wasn’t a way! Let’s allow Jesus’ covering to empower and embolden us to draw closer to God and walk in alignment with God’s will for our lives! Let’s be His people and let Him be our God! Let’s build up our relationship with God and allow His plan to be our plan and His will to be our will! Let’s not be distracted by what others say, but let’s be focus to do what God says! Let’s not forget that God created us on purpose with a purpose and for a purpose! God’s plan for us is for God! God’s plan is for us to have a hope and a future!
Job’s Complaint to God
1Finally Job broke the silence and cursed the day on which he had been born.
2-3O God, put a curse on the day I was born; put a curse on the night when I was conceived! 4Turn that day into darkness, God. Never again remember that day; never again let light shine on it. 5Make it a day of gloom and thick darkness; cover it with clouds, and blot out the sun. 6Blot that night out of the year, and never let it be counted again; 7make it a barren, joyless night. 8Tell the sorcerers to curse that day, those who know how to control Leviathan. 9Keep the morning star from shining; give that night no hope of dawn. 10Curse that night for letting me be born, for exposing me to trouble and grief. 11I wish I had died in my mother’s womb or died the moment I was born. 12Why did my mother hold me on her knees? Why did she feed me at her breast? 13If I had died then, I would be at rest now, 14sleeping like the kings and rulers who rebuilt ancient palaces. 15Then I would be sleeping like princes who filled their houses with gold and silver, 16or sleeping like a stillborn child. 17In the grave wicked people stop their evil, and tired workers find rest at last. 18Even prisoners enjoy peace, free from shouts and harsh commands. 19Everyone is there, the famous and the unknown, and slaves at last are free. 20Why let people go on living in misery? Why give light to those in grief 21They wait for death, but it never comes; they prefer a grave to any treasure. 22They are not happy till they are dead and buried; 23God keeps their future hidden and hems them in on every side. 24Instead of eating, I mourn, and I can never stop groaning. 25Everything I fear and dread comes true. 26I have no peace, no rest, and my troubles never end.
–from Job 3