Called to Compassion


We are meant to be agents of mercy.


John 8:10-11

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.”


Sometimes we gloss over the radical words of Jesus because they just don’t make sense to our rational minds. Sometimes his words challenge us to make such a drastic change in our thinking and behavior…that we don’t allow them to sink in.

We really don’t want to change.

Today’s scripture verse is from Jesus’ encounter with the woman caught in adultery. The law at the time was that such women should be stoned. There was no room to question. The religious leaders wanted to force Jesus into upholding the law…or break it and give them reason to accuse him.

However, Jesus headed off their vengeance by saying, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Then…Jesus made the radical move of telling the woman who was caught breaking a Commandment…that he did not condemn her. Note that the woman had not even asked for forgiveness!

What we witness is vengeance and sin dissolving in the Light of radical unconditional Love.

I suggest to you that many lives were transformed that day.

How might we help God transform others by being agents of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion?


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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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