If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7b
I never want to go back to that dark place.
In those days, anger poured out all too often. I moved through the motions of the Christian life. Defiantly, I would flip my Bible open to skim through a daily reading out of obligation, not love. One particular day, God had enough of the duplicity in my heart and decided to jump off the pages of His Word.
My eyes fell on the eighth chapter of John. Like the Pharisees who brought the adulterous woman to Jesus, black-hearted condemnation filled my being. Over 2000 years melted away. There I stood, rock in hand. The woman who had trespassed on my marriage knelt in the dust before me. Blood drained from my fingertips as I gripped that stone in preparation. It didn’t feel big enough. I wanted retribution for the pain she’d caused.
Then Jesus inconveniently spoke. “If any one of you is without sin, cast the first stone.”
He looked my way. His eyes bore into mine before He knelt to the ground and scribbled sins in the dirt—envy, hatred, bitterness, rage, unforgiveness—all mine.
Heavy tears slid down my cheeks as I wept uncontrollably. The rock slipped free, dust billowing at my feet. I turned away.
I could hear Jesus talking to her, that adulterous woman. Instinct told me to run, but the Spirit compelled me to listen.
“Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go and sin no more.”
His words were a reminder to me.
Have you ever been outraged by the pain someone else inflicted on you? The key to unlock that prison of perpetual anger is God’s forgiveness. His power gives us strength to drop those rocks. His Spirit convicts us of our own wrongdoing. His love covers a multitude of sin.
From personal experience, I know—God forgives. He frees. He heals the brokenhearted. If you have been wounded by life’s sorrow, believe and hope. Cry out to Jesus. He will comfort and heal. Let Him.
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Blossom Turner is a speaker and freelance author. Visit her website and blog at www.blossomturner.com specifically tailored to encourage those who are suffering from any type of betrayal.