I would like to give just a little side note. If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog entry from last week, I would like to encourage you to do so as this blog entry is a continuation from the blog entry that I posted last week. I want you to be able to get the full story.
In my blog entry last week, I shared with you how Satan is the fault finder. If we are not careful we can begin to play his game called fault finding. In the midst of seeing all that Satan tries to pull over on us concerning fault finding, Jesus is His graciousness shows us how to deal with it the right way.
Take a look at this little clip.
Here you see the story of the woman caught in adultery. There are three things going on here. First, you see the woman. She is the one who has been found with fault. She knew that she had been found with fault and was sure that she was about to die.
Then, you see the Pharisees her accusers pointing out her fault. They were ready to bring a death sentence on her because of it. Then, you see Jesus who was without fault. He had every right to not only condemn the woman but also to condemn the Pharisees. Why? Because every single one of them were with fault.
But then, Jesus who had the right to punish all of them surprised everyone of them by saying, “Anyone here who has never sinned should throw the first stone at her.” Now, if you look up the word sin in a thesaurus you will see that a synonym of the word sin is fault. So let me say it this way. He who is without fault should throw the first stone. Jesus was without fault. He had every right to be the ultimate fault finder. He could have given everyone of them the sentence of death. But, He chose to forgive them and give them grace instead of judgment.
This says a lot about how we should live. I am sure that we can all relate to the fault finding game. Whether it be from the position of being the one found with fault. Or the position of finding fault with yourself or others. Jesus’ response to fault finding was the response of love and grace toward each person. This is His response to you and me. This is the response that we should have toward ourselves and others.
John 15 says, This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love.
You may ask the questions, but what about those who are doing wrong and hurting a lot of people? Shouldn’t they be confronted?
In John 21:21-23 it says, Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?” Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.”
This scripture is so important. We can get so caught up in other people’s faults and play the blame game. We can play it in our friendships, families, relationships and even at church. As a result, many relationships become broken and Satan has won the game of causing division among us. Jesus is asking us to leave that all behind and just follow Him, keep our eyes on Him and do what He is asking us to do.
Are there times that we need to confront issues? Yes there are. But before we would ever choose to confront someone it is important that we go to God about it first. Bring that person to Him in our prayer time with Him.
If it turns out that He does want us to confront that person, I think that we all know what the answer will be from Jesus. He will ask us to respond in His Grace and in His Love toward that person just as He has responded that way to us.
We have the right to choose to not participate in Satan’s game called fault finding. Together let’s choose to not live the life of a Fault Finder but let’s live a life of a Christ Follower!