TUESDAY, JULY 21
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap Him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.
John 8:4-6 (NLT2)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GENTLENESS
In the days before modern harbors, a ship had to wait for the flood tide before it could make it to port. The term for this situation in Latin was ob portu, that is, a ship standing over off a port, waiting for the moment when it could ride the turn of the tide to harbor. The English word opportunity is derived from this original meaning. The captain and the crew were ready and waiting for that one moment because they knew that if they missed it, they would have to wait for another tide to come in.
In John 8 a woman is brought to Jesus who has been caught in the act of adultery. This woman being caught was an opportunity to show God’s gentleness and God’s grace. The men who brought her to Jesus wanted to use it as an opportunity to trap Jesus into saying something they could use against Him. Instead Jesus used it as an opportunity to change this woman’s life.
We have opportunities daily to respond to people with the gentleness of Christ or with a critical self-righteous spirit. It’s easy to respond in gentleness with people we like. However, God occasionally sends people into your life who are difficult who He wants to use you to change their lives. Pray that God would help you recognize opportunities today to choose gentleness that would help bring people closer to Christ.