Put Down Your Stones

Today’s Passages – John 8 – 9; Proverbs 9

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 41 – 45; Memorize – Psalm 100:4)

Read this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 119:105

Click here to read last year’s post on this passage – “Believe It – He’s the Great I Am”

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. … She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – (John 8:7, 11)

Preachers have a difficult job. They are commanded by God to preach the Word; and as we all know well, preaching involves a great deal of reproving and rebuking. The problem is that the preacher who may be reproving and rebuking others through the Word of God is also a guilty sinner himself. Recently, I was told about a person who had fallen into sin. My first reaction was that I wanted to sharply rebuke this person; but then God began to remind me of how often I have failed; maybe not in the same area, but guilty nonetheless.

I have decided that I am going to put down my stones. Oh, I will still preach the Book; but I will try to stop preaching it with a self-righteous tone of superiority. I am guilty myself. The older I get, and the more I grow in the Lord, the more I realize how far away from God I really am. My flesh is still alive and well, and though I try to crucify it often, it still resurrects itself and wreaks havoc with my spiritual walk. You see, If I received my just reward there would be a pile of rocks on top on me. ┬áLet’s try to be as compassionate as we can with people who are weak in their flesh just as we are. Let’s try to edify and strengthen each other; and encourage each other to walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Let’s stop condemning each other. There is going to come a day when I will need some compassion from the people around me; but I fear that I will only reap proportionately to what I have sowed. Let’s put down our stones.

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