In John 8 a woman was caught in adultery and set in the midst of the people to be stoned. Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first”. Everyone left because they were convicted of their own sin. Then Jesus asked, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? . . . Neither do I condemn you.”
WOW. No condemnation. Forgiveness. Love. Wonderful words from scripture. But wait. We can’t leave it there. While Jesus did not condemn her, He also did NOT condone her actions. He continued with “go, and sin no more.” He loved her and forgave her, but He did not say what she did was okay. He called it sin. He then adds, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
My heart has been broken recently by those that call themselves followers of Christ yet want to openly hail their sin in front of others in the name of love and acceptance. We all sin. I sin. But I’m not proud of it and will not hold it up as a banner to others.
Make scripture your guide, not what others say, not what I say. The only way to know if your actions line up with God’s Word is to be in God’s Word. Fill your spiritual jewelry box with His words.