The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” John 8:3-5 MSG
Two things I never realized before about this story. Jesus was in the Temple and there were swarms of people v2. Not only was this woman shamed by the Pharisees but she was shamed by them in the Temple in front of swarms of people. When Jesus died on the cross He despised the shame for us, for her.
She was a pawn in their game they put in front of Him to catch Him in a mistake and cause a controversy. They had no regard for her life or her heart. She was made in God’s image and created by Jesus. She deserved better in spite of her sin.
Then Jesus wrote some stuff on the ground. And He said he who hasn’t sinned cast the first stone. They each walked away. So in reality none of those guys could condemn her and neither did Jesus. His way of telling her to grow in her faith was to sin no more.
We each sin every day. We each have no right to gossip about the other one. Each of us bear God’s image and we were created by Jesus. Holiness, integrity, and most especially love are to be the main part of us.
And the greatest of these is love.
Lord, forgive me of gossip. Place a heart of love and grace in me. People matter to You.