Summary: Somanytime church folk are so quick to be judge, jury, and executioner because someone isn't doing what they think they should be doing and want to stone them, but if it had not been for Grace they would still be messed up themselves facing stoning.
Throwing Stones in Church
The Sensitivity of Grace
Pastor M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
John 8:1-11 “Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not]. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.
SENSITIVITY:- having acute mental or emotional sensibility, aware of and responsive to the feelings of others.
GRACE:- Grace is the unmerited favor of God. In other words there is nothing I can do to cause God to give me love, kindness, and favor, but because He is Love and Kindness He expresses or endows me with favor unsolicited; therefore it GRACE.
I like to break Grace down like this:
E:- Everlasting life
If I didn’t say another word you should be in an atmosphere of worship because of GRACE.
Several years ago the big thing that was going around Christendom was W.W.J.D and it stood for What Would Jesus Do. Thank God for the examples that He has left us in the Bible because they show us how we are to walk this walk. We all no doubt have heard the BIBLE broken down stands for BASIC INTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH, in other words here is the example you must go by in order to have eternal life. The Bible says let every man be a lie, but the Word of God be true. This lets me understand that man’s opinion, ideas, thoughts, traditions, or just the way we have always done a thing doesn’t matter, because the Word of God shows us truly how to do a thing it is our school master teaching us how to do like Jesus did.
OPENING:- If we are honest with ourselves many of us wish that the so-called riffraff, bothersome, problematic, unmanageable, uncooperative, difficult, unruly, not like me people would just go away or that the Wrath of God would severely fall upon them this very moment. We have the tendency to want people that don’t do things our way or that seemingly get on our last nerve to receive justice from God while we ourselves plead for the grace of God to be poured out abundantly on me.
Let me talk about myself because I know me. My wife can attest to this because I have often said when someone in front of me drives in a way that makes me upset, I say I wish I could just make a magical wall appear right in front of them, not to kill them, but to make them stop and do like in a cartoons – I just did something stupid or – what a dah just happened.
WHY – because they are not doing what I think they should be doing, but when I’m the one that’s doing the same thing or something just as wrong or what I perceive as wrong, as they are doing I want to become arrogant, high and mighty, or act as though my stuff doesn’t stink. My wife will say if they were doing the same thing you are doing you would have a fit.
So manytimes we are so quick to be judge, jury, and executioner over somebody else’s imperfections, but when the spot light is turned onto our lives we cower like a dog with its tail between its legs, run and hide under the porch ashamed and embarrassed because we realize oh wait minute somebody’s looking at me and it doesn’t feel so good. We realize oh I got some faults, I got some issues, I got something’s I don’t want to come out, I don’t have just a skeleton in my closet, but a whole graveyard and can’t let them know about me.