IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD: TRUTH AND TOLERANCE
MESSAGE: Great lessons are contained in our text for today on how to relate with the world that is unfair and accuses wrongly. In the event, we see a woman caught in adultery brought before Jesus by an unfair world. Jesus applied the principle of truth and tolerance in resolving the issue. Truth and tolerance are like the 2 sides of a coin, and need to go together in all our dealings and relationship issues. It is also speaking the truth with love as admonished in Eph 4:15.
Truly, the woman sinned and she did not deny that, but the accusing crowd was however unfair. If truly she was caught in the very act of adultery as they claimed, then why were they not accusing the man, her partner in the sin? Jesus then requested that the one without sin among the crowd should cast the first stone. They all left. Jesus then spoke the comforting words of tolerance to the woman – “…neither do I condemn you.” Then as He sent her away, He spoke the commanding words of truth – “go and sin no more”.
Our act of separation and difference from the world is not that of an ‘holier than thou’ attitude. We should not portray ourselves as if we are more righteous, for no one is perfect. We have all sinned and fell short of God’s glory. In our conversation with everyone, we should demonstrate kindness in communication, but be firm in the truth. Our words and actions should be edifying, seasoned with salt, showing and giving grace to the other party. The truth must be spoken with love. Apostle Paul admonishes the people of Athens in Acts 17:30 – “the time of ignorance God overlooked.” – Tolerance, “but now command all men everywhere to repent.” – Truth. Applying the principle of truth and tolerance will help to ensure that the message of the gospel we preach to the world is well received.
PRAYER: Loving Father, grant that in our conversation and conduct with the world, we will speak and show forth the truth with love and tolerance, as in the example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in His Holy name we pray, Amen.
Credit: CHURCH OF CHRIST SPEAK 2020