Choosing Kindness

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’” John 8:10-11

In John 8:2-11, we read of Jesus’ encounter with a woman caught in adultery. This woman was brought before the officials to be tried for having sex with a married man. (There is no indication that the man was brought before any officials for punishment. Though this is wrong by any standards, especially by our modern standards, we have little understanding of the culture at the time.) 

Adultery was against Jewish law and was punishable by death by stoning. There was no reason for anyone to come to her defense, as she was clearly guilty and her punishment was clear. Yet Jesus is different. Jesus changes everything! There was no political, theological, or social reason for Jesus to come to the defense of this sinful woman… And yet He did. 

Just like our measuring cups of forgiveness and grace, we also choose our own measuring cup of kindness. The more we show kindness, the more we will be shown kindness. We should choose kindness when dealing with the people around us even though they may not deserve it and deserve our throwing of stones. But if we show kindness, even when we don’t have to, it will change lives in the long run.