"And they were saying this testing Him, in order that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'
"And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst. And straightening up, Jesus said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?'
"And she said, 'No one, Lord.' And Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you; go your way. From now on sin no more.'" John 8:1-11
There is so much in that passage! Wow. Wow. Wow. The scribes and pharisees were using shock tactics with Jesus and the crowd (for remember there were people around Jesus listening to Him). They said to Him, that she was caught "in the very act."
I can just hear their disgust! If Jesus was trying to impress the people and the teachers He would upped the shock value. But He didn't. Instead of dealing with the woman as they did, He realized she was just a pawn. The scribes and pharisees didn't care about her at all. All they cared about was themselves and besting Jesus, proving Him wrong.
After they all left, then Jesus spoke with the woman. He spoke with her intelligently, with love and compassion. He didn't lecture her (which so often happens when we adults try to "help" others). He let her speak for herself. And He told her to go and sin no more. That is all He said.
And she called Him "Lord."
I wonder what she did with the rest of her life? Someone had finally shown her compassion and love and saw her as a person with intelligence and purpose.
(When we see people that way instead of categorizing them by their sin or problems, we will see them as we need to see them if we want to love them.)