Day One – Condemner or condemnee?

Today’s Scripture: John 8:1-11

Condemnation is not a good thing, but, unfortunately, it’s a real thing. I’ve learned something through personal experience: People who are quick to condemn the wrong-doings of others are often guilty of the same or similar offense themselves. Sadly, too many times I’ve been quick to judge others while I ignored flaws in my own life. Condemnation is not a good thing.

The story in John 8 is about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery and was publicly dragged to Jesus for judgment. Since it takes two people to commit adultery, I’ve always wondered what happened to the man in this adultery mess. Why wasn’t he forced to appear before Jesus as well?

It’s one thing to be a condemner. It’s quite another to be the recipient of condemnation. Imagine the myriad of emotions this woman experienced. Within a short time, she went from feeling lustful passion to guilt, shame, public humiliation, and then probably joyful confusion when Jesus came to her defense and refused to condemn her.

In this week’s quest, we will delve into the heart of the condemners—and the heart of Jesus. I think we will end the week challenged but tremendously encouraged.

  • Do you consider yourself a giver or a recipient of condemnation? What needs to change so you’re neither?