Before you judge someone, examine your own heart.
Have you ever exaggerated the faults of others while excusing or ignoring your own? We all have. That’s why the story of the woman caught in adultery has a universal application. What we need to do is put ourselves in the place of the “teachers of the religious law” who brought the woman to Jesus. They wanted to see if Jesus would agree that she needed to be stoned for her offenses.
In what must have been a supremely dramatic moment, Jesus “stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger” (John 8:6). The teachers demanded an answer, so Jesus stood up and said, “All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” (v. 7). Needless to say, the accusers backed off and “slipped away one by one” (v. 9).
The next time we feel compelled to judge someone, we need to remember what Jesus said.
“Let those who have never sinnned throw the first stones!” John 8:7