Have you ever had God ask you to do something that you were really not comfortable with? Something completely out of your comfort zone? For some, it to step out in faith and become a pastor or ministry leader or to even stop and help someone who is in need. That someone you don’t even know. But for others, it is just the act of forgiveness. To truly forgive, we must ask Jesus to shape and mold our heart. We must surrender to him and drop our stones. (tweet this!) To see others through his eyes and to maybe ‘doodle’ in the sand for a bit pondering how to react to a situation perhaps as He did when facing the adulterous woman in John 8. We are often like the Pharisees demanding an answer to another’s actions and to see that they get what is coming to them. To stand on this side of the line and to stare at our offenders on the other side. That stance hurts us all and it must cause our Creator to ache for us as He watches our love for one another strain under our own sins. We can ask Jesus to forgive our mistakes and sins but we are reluctant at times to ask others for forgiveness or to offer it those that have hurt us. We all have baggage but we could reduce the weight in those bags if we could drop the stones.
In the story of the woman caught in adultery, maybe Jesus wasn’t doodling or listing out the sins of the ones ready to cast the stones. Maybe he was just erasing the line in the sand that separates the family of God from being one.