John 8:10-11, NIV:  Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

It did not take my getting a degree in psychology to understand that we all have problems—some of us more than others. But it has taken some time, education and Jesus living in me to teach me understanding for people in the midst of their problems. Compassion is something that Jesus has no shortage of. He has greater compassion for us than we could have for any other. But with His compassion, there is a wonderful balance of truth. Jesus does not gloss things over and paint a rosy picture just to set our minds at ease. Just like He did with the woman who had been caught in adultery, he coveys to us a message of grace and forgiveness—but requires from us repentance. “Where are those who condemn you,” He asks. Now, “Go, and sin no more.” Jesus loves you and understands you in the midst of your shortcomings. And He knows what you need to enable you to overcome and to walk in holiness each day.