What if Christians treat sinners the way Jesus does?

By Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: …And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (John 8:3-11).

My Christian Friends,

We, as Christians, participate in multiple church services inclusive of Bible study, Sunday school, and other Christian education ministries. In these studies, we learn about the life of Jesus, His teachings, and more importantly His love. We learn, from Biblical accounts, how He extends His arm and forgives sinners even though they may not ask for forgiveness. What would the world look like if we extend our hands to sinners rather than condemn them? In other words, what if Christians treated sinners the way Jesus does?

In our text for today, John writes about a woman who is caught in the act of adultery. Her accusers bring this woman to Jesus. In our hearts and minds, we can only imagine the embarrassment and humiliation she must have endured during this time. Although the religious leaders used this incident to tempt Christ in doing something that was against the law, Jesus used it as a moment to expose the accusers and forgive the sinner.

Interestingly, Jesus did not judge this woman. Instead, He convicted her accusers’ conscience. My friends, as we encounter those who are found in a fault, we must treat them as Christ does-that is with love, care, and understanding. Besides, it could be us. Therefore, if Christians treat sinners the way Christ does, souls would be saved.