Devotions for March 10, 2014

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John 8:1-11

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Do you ever feel like the adulterous woman? Like others are surrounding you with their stones, ready to throw them? Why do you feel that way? Are you more often the person holding the stone? Are you looking for other people to “mess-up”? Does it make you feel better to say, “I’m not as bad as…”?

Q: Do you have an “us vs. them” mentality when you are looking out at those around you? What makes others different from you? Do they need Jesus? Do you?

Q: What can you do to create an “us FOR them” mentality? What areas in your life would you need to grow in? What would it take for you to have a heart to see salvation in others?

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