Our latest Faith Dare was to stop being so critical of others. Today I thought I would share the SOAP method for one of our main verses.
Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
S: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7
O: The pharisees were questioning Christ about a woman who had committed adultery. The punishment for such a sin was death by stoning. They were testing Jesus to see what he would do. Jesus turned to them and said, whoever has not sinned may cast the first stone. This stopped the Pharisees in their tracks for they had all sinned in some way.
A: We have all sinned. No one is perfect. All sin carries the same weight. Any sin disqualifies us from being perfect. There are two ways you can look at this. First, we have all sinned and therefore no one is better than another. Second, we are equal in Gods eyes, sinners saved by grace. Before we criticize others or throw the proverbial stone, we should consider the state of our own selves. The scripture tells us – do not judge or we shall be judged.
P: Father in Heaven, thank you for this reminder to love my fellow brothers and sisters and not to criticize or judge them. Lord examine my heart and let me know when I’m being too critical. Stop me, and remind me to think kindly of others just as you think kindly of me. Lord continue to grow and stretch me. Lord mold me into the person you designed be to be. Amen