Spiritual Leaders and Pregnant Women, Part 2: Do You Speak Life Into Her Life?

For You From The Word

Jesus said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7, NIV)

For You To Think About

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Different voices, including those of spiritual leaders, speak into the life of a woman or man who faces an unplanned pregnancy.

From a pastor, will she hear acceptance … or condemnation?

How a leader communicates influences not just those they serve (the expectant woman or man) but also those they lead (their congregation and community.)

Consider the religious leaders in John 8. They communicated their condemnation to a woman caught in adultery – and also to those around her and the rest of us, through the ages, who have read their story.  They communicated humiliation when forcing the woman to stand before a crowd, rather than speaking to her privately.  They communicated domination by reading the law to Jesus and the woman. They communicated intimidation by peppering Jesus with questions. They communicated a hunger for control and power by seeking to trap Jesus – and the woman.

Jesus, on the other hand, communicated a different message. He communicated patience and respect by listening to the leaders. He communicated the need for self-examination and humility in just one statement: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV). He communicated affirmation to the woman by offering words of acceptance.

Which kind of leader inspires others to a higher ground?

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Jesus’ demonstration of patience and affirmation. Move in our spiritual leaders to communicate acceptance to those they serve and those they lead, regardless of their circumstances.
In Jesus name, Amen.

More about Support for Pregnant Women

Spiritual Leaders and Pregnant Women, Part 1: The Whole Truth

Spiritual Leaders and Pregnant Women, Part 3; Help Others Help Her

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