Hello everyone! Welcome back to another post. Today I’m going to start something new that has to do with faith: Words of the Week. (Almost) every week, I go to my youth group at my church and take in what lessons they have to offer. How it works: every month is a new topic summed into a word or phrase, and every week is an aspect of the topic.
This is the last week of the topic Haters, which was all about how people are judgmental and are quick to throw “stones” at each other (based off the story in John 8:1-11).
In that story, Jesus came to the temple courts to sit down and teach others about His ideas. The Pharisees (who thought they were the cream of the crop) brought forth a woman who committed adultery, and that in the Law of Moses, was required to be stoned. They tested Jesus by asking, “What do you say?” The Law of Moses was spoken into existence by God himself, so it wouldn’t be proper of Jesus to forget the law altogether. However, Jesus was known for having a healing spirit, and being a symbol for mercy and grace. What was He to do?
He started writing in the ground, probably to think about what He was going to say.
When he was asked yet again, He simply said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Within time, everyone had left, and Jesus asked the woman:
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus, the only one who could’ve thrown a stone, instead showed her compassion.
He, instead of giving power to the ones who thought they were better, taught them a lesson about how similar they actually were.
All in all, what my youth pastors were trying to teach by alluding to the story was that we all have sinned and done horrible things. Who are we to judge and throw stones at one another when we ourselves are flawed and imperfect?
Another lesson that we learned was about reputations (cue the Taylor Swift song), and how that might cause us to have preconceived notions about people. Instead of looking at what the outside is telling us, dig deeper to see the inside and trueness of who they are first.
The story used for this lesson was about Rahab and the Spies. You can read about it here. When those two came upon Rahab, they thought she was only the rumors that people spread about her. However, when she offered them protection from the king, they saw how compassionate and merciful she really was.
I hate to bring a cliche as simple as “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but when it comes to how you treat other people, it rings true. That person who did that one thing last summer may be the kindest person in the world, but is only known for that one thing. Until you truly know the person and who they are, there’s no reason to be a hater.
A verse I want you to take into the week is 1 Samuel 16:7
“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I truly hope you enjoyed learning more about life lessons through scripture. Next week we’re starting a new topic, and I can’t wait to share it with you!