"She said, 'No one, Lord.' And Jesus sad to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more" (John 8:11)
The love Jesus demonstrated at the Cross is unconditional. True love reaches out to the unlovely.
The woman caught in adultery sought affection, but reaped a scandal. As the scribes an Pharisees brought her before Jesus, they demanded that her punishment be stoning. Jesus reacted in love. Stooping down, He began writing something in the sand.
Then He related the basic truth that only the sinless have a right to cast stones. Knowing that the sinlessness was not something they could claim, the crowd of religious men dispersed. Only Jesus was left, and He refused to condemn her.
Jesus' ministry always allowed for second chances. His interest was not to hold on to records of wrong, but to give people the chance to accept Him and do right. We do well to reflect His love by giving others second chances. Our greatest acts of love may be offering forgiveness to someone who has wronged us or to reach out to someone others have judged as unlovely.
Always remember the love and forgiveness God has shown you as you deal with other people. You will be less likely to cast stones and more likely to give second chances.
Father, thank You for the offer of a second chance. I accept. Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Amen