But being right doesn’t change lives or hearts

I’ve been thinking all week about our pastor’s weekend sermon. He talked about the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. John 8:2-11

There’s so much to the story, but I can’t get past one fact: the Pharisees were willing to stone this woman—to death! Her life mattered less than their desire to trap Jesus and uphold their self-righteous legalism.

Look at the contrast. The so-called religious people were so concerned about stopping sin that they would kill to accomplish it. Jesus cared so much about a woman’s life—and yours, and mine—that He willingly died a humiliating death to save it.

We all know this story. All week I’ve been wondering whether we understand its lesson, whether anything has changed since the day that disgraced woman was thrown at Jesus’ feet.

Theology, sin, truth—they all matter. But being right doesn’t change lives or hearts.

The Pharisees wanted to be right because it made them powerful. Jesus loved people because He knew it worked.

Truth, without love, is simply noise.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

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