Love is where expectations are absent.
Normally, our relations do not meet this requirement, because if we do something for someone it is in the expectation of return in some form. The expectation is the poison that, even in trace quantity, spoils the whole sweetness of our relations.
A comment may be, that even in absence of such love the world is going on; then why bother about such love? The intricacy of relations is realized when we are the victim of bitterness and retaliate with our whole might. But the situation gets out of hand. However, worldly relations mostly are continued due to some binding conditions or for the sake of reputation.
The situation may turn even worse when we are thinking rigidly. Though we may claim that we are on a learning path, in reality we may not be. Evaluation of our own self is always biased, unless one is a saint. In this world wise people are much less present (consider a saying that common sense is not so common), and it is not so easy to find one. Even if we come across such a one, we try to evaluate him first, to see whether he is fit for the purpose.
The real situation is the mob mentality we have adopted. The crowd, pelting the stone at a helpless woman, is under the impression that it is punishing a real rogue in society. These people are also seeing themselves as fit to carry out this act. Only the intervention of Jesus Christ can save her without much of a problem. He is aware of the erring nature of mankind. The situation is that of a jail in which one culprit is punishing the other for wrong deeds, and seeing no blemish on himself.
Let us not think even of punishing others, nor of taking revenge. Rather, we should adopt a technique to search ourselves honestly. Let us disperse like the crowd that felt the depth of the words of Christ. But, alas! after that only a few will adopt a sinless life.
The fact remains that eternal peace is guaranteed for those who believe in the words of saints and follow them in action, character and thinking.
The path is not easy but worth trying.
SP Sharma, India