“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?’…Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to question him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one…and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’”
In this, Jesus shows such compassion. He does not disregard the Law, evidenced by His statement to her to sin no more, but His directing her toward righteousness is done after the establishment of relationship, love, and compassion. He makes sure she sees His heart first.
May this be our witness to the world: the heart of our God. Demonstrated by a love for others that is stronger than anything else and is evident to them in our words and actions of compassion. Love toward nonbelievers caught in sin and toward our fellow believers, brothers and sisters in Christ. May we be known by our love, because that is where salvation starts. We love because our God first loved us (1 John 4:19), and obedience follows in the context of that relationship, flowing out of that foundational love. Love for and faith in this powerful God who loves us and beckons us to abide in Him and live in obedience because we trust Him. And so we love. It is love that will draw the world to our Savior, because love shows them the heart of the Father who sent His Son to save us (John 3:16).
May this passage also be our hope. Because in Christ, we are not condemned (Romans 8:1). We are loved. In this relationship, we are saved and our lives changed as Jesus assures us of our security in Him and calls us to walk in His steps. We draw near and behold His glory as His Spirit reveals to us the beauty and wonder of who He is, and as we see Him more clearly we are transformed to be like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18). To walk like Him in righteousness. To love others as He does. To trust the Father and follow where He leads, desiring His will in our lives above all else. To hold fast to truth and resist the devil’s schemes at every turn. Grounded firmly in this love of Christ and our secure place as His, walking in the confident knowledge that it is His Spirit that strengthens us in every step, transforms us into Christ-likeness, and assures us of the faithful presence of God of Father.