Everyone has probably heard the quote, “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. It is a common quote that is meant to tell people to stop being critical of others poor choices. Do you find yourself throwing stones at other people with they make mistakes? Jesus taught about this and about grace at the Mount of Olives.
Are You Throwing Stones?
We all make mistakes, every single person on this earth has made a choice they wish they could take back. So, why are we so quick to ridicule others for their poor decisions? Why are we so eager to start throwing stones at other people when we have the same inclination for sin?
As we read from the scriptures, ask yourself if you are throwing stones at others. Also ask yourself why you are condemning others for their sin.
As we begin John Chapter 8, we find Jesus at the Temple teaching those around Him. The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman that had been caught in adultery to Him. In their efforts to trick Jesus into defying the law of Moses, that states she should be stoned, they asked Jesus what He thought.
After writing in the ground and making them ask Him several times, Jesus spoke.
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”JOHN 8:7 ESV
After this, the most amazing thing happened. No one started throwing stones at her. In fact, everyone left and Jesus them spoke to the woman.
Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”JOHN 8:10-11 ESV
Stop Throwing Stones
In these passages, we find Jesus teaching not only with words but by actions as well. Jesus just didn’t tell people to stop throwing stones at those who sin but He literally showed them. He also showed them what grace looks like.
Jesus is telling us that unless we are living a perfect, sinless life that we have no right to condemn others.
In this one lesson, Jesus showed us to stop throwing stones at the people who don’t measure up to our standards. We are to stop our condemnation, criticism and hatred of those that sin. Jesus showed us that we are, instead, to show compassion and grace.
This is not the first time that we see Jesus teaching this lesson. In Matthew 7:3, Jesus says, “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?”. These verses in Matthew 7:3-5, tell us to correct our own sin instead of trying to correct the sin of others.
As we go about our day, it is important to stop throwing stones at other people and instead focus on our own shortcomings. We need to start showing grace to those around us.
- Stop Throwing Stones
- How to Love One Another
- God’s Love: We All Make Mistakes
- What Kind of Love has God Given Us?
- Be Kind to One Another