John 8:7,9-11 ESV
And as they continued to ask [Jesus], he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
I’ll admit I’m not on social media all that often. However in the time that I’ve spent scrolling through Facebook on and off over the last 10 years, I have yet to see one of the many debates I’ve come across get settled peacefully. They usually descend into angry name calling until someone just gets tired of it and leaves.
Even when we know that we’re right, trying to convince someone that their behavior is wrong with no desire to try and see things from their point of view is only going to create more distance. People who believe that having a relationship with God consists of simply being given a list of rules to follow tend to want nothing to do with Him. The Pharisees’ strict adherence to the law condemned the woman caught in adultery — but it was Jesus’s compassion that restored her.
It can be so easy to develop a religious attitude toward people without even realizing it. Ask God to show you where you could grow in compassion to help give others a firsthand example of what the love and forgiveness of Jesus really looks like.