Remember the old “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”— Another childhood myth. Why are why so quick to throw our verbal stones at each other?
We look at people, size them up, pass judgment, and begin throwing our stones. An ancient writer said, “If we remember the wrongs which men have done us, we destroy the power of the remembrance of God.” So, why do we throw them?
Because we harbor hatred
Because we hold on to bitterness
Because our emotions are entangled with anger
Because we seek revenge
Because we won’t let go of the things that upset us
Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. (John 8:7) Jesus said that. What are those actions that reveal sin in us? When we speak destructively. When we seek to create discord. When we stir up division.
Forgiveness flows from the life of Jesus. It is empowered by His sacrifice on the cross and finalized by the triumph of the resurrection. What stones are you carrying today?
Stones of bitterness?
Stones of anger?
Stones of hatred?
Stones of prejudice?
Whatever stone you may be carrying, it is a needless weight you bear; it’s a pointless part of your life. Don’t you think it’s time for you to lay down that rock? To give that “weapon” over to your Father?
We had a service at our church a few years ago where we placed a rock on every seat in the worship auditorium.
At the close of the service, we asked the congregation to take that stone in their hand and symbolically commit it to the LORD. We had an altar call and everyone who participated brought their rock forward the laid it at the altar.
The prayer given that morning was, “LORD, may we submit these stones to You, these stones that we would use to destroy. Take these stones, Father, and build something beautiful with them.”
And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11)