What makes you cringe?
Back in the day it was probably nails on a chalkboard. Today, is it a screaming child at the movies, a “to do” list as long as your arm, the over three thousand unread emails in your inbox?
Lately for me, what makes me cringe are the home improvements I have been doing to my home. It is on the market to sell and it seems like I do one thing that leads to three or four more things I need to do now. It just makes me cringe. At one point in my life I was very structured and had the house purged twice a year, touch up paint and cleaning baseboards at least once a year, garage straightened once a month, well, you get the idea. Then life hit me. The boys daddy left when our youngest baby was 9 months old, followed by other life circumstances, the death of my parents, and so on. I had fifteen consecutive years of trials and the trials of life got in the way. I got behind. Fast forward and here I am…here we are.
We never really know what someone is going through. We never truly know why people do what they do.
The story in the Bible that makes me cringe is when John wrote about Jesus going to the Mount of Olives. It was dawn in the temple courts, people gathered around, and there stands a woman. She could be you. She could be me. The reason why she stands before them could be vastly different, but it could be us.
The story unfolds like this…
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. John 8:3-6 (NIV)
Drop the Rock
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. John 8:6-8 (MSG)
I don’t know about you, but I would cringe if I were one of the ones holding a rock of judgment that day. I just bet the men there cringed at the realization that Jesus knew their deepest, darkest sin. The thing is, I have been holding the stone of judgement at one point or another. I’m not proud to admit it, but it’s true. Can you think of a time where you were too?
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:9-11 (MSG)
Jesus extends grace, unmerited favor, to all of us every time we mess up and fall short. We are so incredibly undeserving. That’s what makes it supernatural. Jesus at the Mount of Olives serves as but one beautiful example of what each of us is called to do as well, love and love unconditionally.
As you were reading, did God lay someone on your heart? Did He remind you of a circumstance or events in your life where you were holding a stone or maybe others were holding a stone against you? Take it to Him and let the rock fall. Jesus already knows who we judge. He knows our mind and our heart. He loves us anyway. Now, that’s pretty awesome stuff huh? I sure think so.
Have a beautiful Sunday and may God continue to bless each of you!
Mrs. Mark Spencer Williams
In response to The Daily Prompt – Cringe
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