John 8:1-11 (NIV)

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.1 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.2 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.3 Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap,4 in order to have a basis for accusing him.5 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone6 at her.”7 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 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. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”8 Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”9

John 8:7 (NIV)

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”                            

DEVOTION – William Findlay (Glasgow, Scotland)

The costume party was enjoyed by all.  Everyone, from the oldest grandfather, donned a disguise.  There were games, food, and lots of fun.  Toward the end of the evening, the organizer thanked everyone, especially those of us who had helped with the event.  We waited to clean up as the boys and girls and their mums filed out in high spirits.  The dads left by another door to return to their prison cells.

We volunteers are members of the local community; most of us are members of Christian churches.  Sad to say, not all members of our local community approve of what we are doing.  In fact, some are quite hostile toward the prisoners because of the wrong they have done.  However, as the Bible reminds us, none of us is free from sin.  Through Christ, we know that we have been forgiven, and we want to extend that love and acceptance to others.  We hope and pray that we can help to convince the prisoners and their families of God’s love for them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I share God’s love with others.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to help other people in kind and non-judgemental ways.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHILDREN OF THOSE IN PRISON

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