by John Michalak
The LORD is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in princes.
“Where are they?”
Jesus once asked this of a woman caught in adultery. According to Jewish law, she deserved judgment. But Jesus stood against her accusers and offered her mercy. Having no answer for the only true Law-Giver, her condemners departed and only Jesus remained.
Most who judge with no compassion are simply fleeing their own judgment. They flee from themselves and play God with you. But how much power do they really have?
Where are they, those who judge you? Are they in your heart? Do they occupy the anxieties of your mind? Do they drive your behavior or whether you’ll respond in kind? Are your eyes only on those who pick up stones to condemn you when all the time, Jesus is on your side to show you mercy?
The truth is, walking in newness of life—unfazed by the opinions of others—is so often a matter of perspective and focus. Ultimately, your confidence must rest in the God who, having every right to condemn, instead offers you mercy, telling you to go and sin no more.
Where are they? If your main focus stays on Jesus, only One will remain.