…But Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with his fingers…Then Jesus stooped down again and wrote on the ground. John 8:7-8 NLT
Do you have mirrors in your home, if yes, what is the purpose that you utilize it for? Most of us would agree that it is to see the reflection of our physical body. And if we love ourselves, then the mirror provides the reassurance that all is well, and because our reflection is pleasing, we then approve of what we have seen with our eyes.
But we must beware, the mirror has great limitations, it can only portray our outward appearance; the physical body that we are able to manipulate by applying cosmetics, salon based hairstyles, clothing that reveals our personal preferences and quite often our priorities in life.
This is not an inference to the excesses of vanity or narcissism, it is healthy for our appearance to reflect that we lovingly care for ourselves. Even so, there is something else that should take priority over our physical appearance, and that is Our Character!
We are unable to use our hands to make changes or adjustments as to who we really are. The mirror is unable to reflect our individual mental, moral, and spiritual qualities–the mirror that reflects whether our character is Christ-like is the Mirror of the Word of God.
Elements of a Christ-like Character
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5: 22-23 NKJV
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37
Read John 8:1-11
The woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus because the Pharisees desired to catch him saying something wrong. It was their intention to trick Jesus-the Son of God. After all, why would they bring a guilty woman to Jesus who held no position as a judge in the Jewish society?
Because of their hatred, they were fixated on proving that Jesus would falter in making a decision to either obey the Law of Moses which commanded death by stoning or go against the Law by showing mercy to the adulteress.
Only Jesus could have victory in this dilemma! He knelt down and began to write on the ground with his finger. The Jewish leaders repeatedly asked their question: Obey or disobey the Law of Moses?”So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’ ” John 8:7
Have you ever wondered what Jesus was writing on the ground? Was it their secret sins? Were those sins exposed to one other? We only know that the leaders walked away and the adulteress was forgiven of her sins.
Reflect on your character; would you have stood as an accuser, seeking the death penalty for Jesus as well as the woman?
The spiritual mirror has no limitations, it always reflects the truth of our character. We must commit to a life of moment-to-moment repentance and obedience if we are to possess a Christ-like character.
What do you reflect in the mirror?
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you as an accuser and we ask you to forgive us for the pretense that all is well with our lives. Our character is out of alignment with your Word. We have been more concerned about our outward appearance than with having a Christ-like character. Please help us as we strive to become more like you. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019