One day a woman taken in adultery was brought to Jesus for judgment (Jn 8). She thought she was really at risk of being stoned to death. Her shame was great. She was surrounded by cold-hearted people.
Jesus was deliberately calm, writing in the dust. Plainly, he was no threat to her nor did he judge her. He spoke to her with respect. He showed loving concern. Jesus understood that his Father loves persons as they are to enable them to become better!
In that moment this woman who likely had known very little about Jesus saw in him the compassion of God. Though the Gospel doesn't say, likely that experience changed her life completely—on a far deeper level than the avoidance of a particular sin. Coming into a deep and direct contact with the heart of Jesus, she could never be the same again.
Lord, how often I have brought myself to you with fear because of my sins and walked away with wonder at your acceptance and kindness. Inspire me to be accepting and helpful to others in distress.
Painting: Henryk Siemiradzki [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons