Hearts full of pride

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I love this story of the bible:
Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:1-11)

I don’t think we really know what Jesus was writing in the dirt?? Maybe he was writing the sins of the others in the crowd or maybe he was just drawing attention away from the woman who was probably half dressed?? We all judge others. I am guilty as charged. I catch myself assuming things about people and judging at first glance, then I have to remind myself of the plank in my own eye. The problem is, it is not wrong to judge BUT judging with blind, hypocritical, self-righteousness that overlooks your own faults while pointing out others faults is wrong. If we have too much pride in our heart we tend to see faults in others while we are just blind to our own faults. God just wants us to judge purely.
“The Lord abhors honest scales, but accurate weights are his delight” Proverbs 11:1.

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2 thoughts on “Hearts full of pride

  1. Love it. My tail is tucked between my legs. As you said, “guilty as charged.”
    We could carpool.

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