Devotional Thoughts

JOHN 8:1-11- Rachel Dawson

When I was in fourth grade, my favorite place to be was the football
field. I loved getting to play tackle football with all of the boys at recess. When the captains would pick teams, I would be one of the first to be chosen. Now, I was not chosen for my speed, my ability to catch, or my awesome quarterback skills. I was chosen for my size. I was the biggest person on the field. I could tackle like no other fourth grader. One Tuesday we were playing, and my friend, who was on the other team, had just scored a touchdown. Instead of running back and giving the ball to our team, he decided to do a touchdown dance. I saw him dancing, and I got angry, so I tackled the other guy right there in the end zone.

No one ever danced again.

I tell you this story, number one so you can laugh, and number two so that you can get a real picture of what Jesus did in this story.

In John 8:1-11, we see the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus (v. 6). Instead of responding right away, Jesus took his time and “bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.” (v. 6). When he finished writing in the sand, he stood up. His answer was shocking (v. 7). Then he went back to writing. But get this- Jesus didn’t leave. He was the only one still standing there with the woman. Instead of yelling at her, pointing his finger in her face or tackling her he simply said, “’Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’”

Sometimes in life, we tackle people. We rip them down without thinking about it, and maybe they will stop dancing if we do that. But here, Jesus shows us a much better way than tackling: he shows forgiveness.

+Who do you need to forgive today?

+How can you not “tackle” in your life?

Jesus, today help me to forgive people in my life who try to test me and trick me instead of “tackling” them. Show me how to give love and forgiveness so freely like you do. Amen.

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