There’s a story in the New Testament about a group of religious authorities bringing a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and saying, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were looking for ways to trap Jesus into being a violator of Moses’ law, for they knew Jesus preached a gospel of love.
After they kept pressing him for an answer, Jesus finally replied, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:4-11, NLT). Embarrassed and ashamed, they all slipped away leaving the woman safe in Jesus’ care.
Aside from the profound moral lesson Jesus taught these cruel accusers about humility and forgiveness, the story is a useful reminder to us all to be discerning about what kind of thoughts we throw toward others.
If we see someone doing something we disapprove of, do we throw thoughts of harsh condemnation, criticism, and hatred toward them, just like the authorities above wanted to stone the woman to death with? Or do we pray for a spiritual perspective that allows us to throw thoughts of love and wisdom their way that helps them reform and become a better person?
What kind of thoughts are you throwing toward others today?