A woman committed adultery. Her marriage may be over. She’s broken hearted. She cries, “How did I get here?” She needs someone to talk with.
She calls her friend to talk. Then her friend calls more people and spreads the word, “Can you believe SHE did THAT?!” Or she brags, “At least I didn’t do THAT!”
Are you aware that’s called gossiping?
Gossiping is a sin, too.
To those who would point fingers or throw stones at someone for whatever sin, I’ll say this again. I believe God put these words on my heart after praying and spending time with Him: Do you really think that sins we THINK are “smaller” drove the nails into Jesus’ Hands any more gently?
This is what we’re doing:
“YOUR sin swung the hammer REALLY hard! But MY sin was only a tiny tap on the nail! MINE didn’t hurt Jesus as much as YOURS did.”
Do you hear yourself thinking that? Do you realize we DO that – every day – with each other?
They are ALL sins. And a sin is a sin.
Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Just because someone sins ~~> differently <~~ than you do does not make them any less worthy of Jesus’ gift of salvation.
I picture Jesus hanging on the cross, looking at us all, shaking his head, saying, “Father, please forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
He’s talking about US. You and me.
He’s not just talking about the people back then who were watching and literally nailing Him to the cross.
Romans 3:23-24 – for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and ALL are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Please pick someone up. Please be careful what you say to – and about – people.
I have a challenge for you this year. Every day please purposefully look for one person (or more) to lift with your words. Be genuine.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Somebody needs YOU to speak life into her. I believe you are the very right person for this important job.