Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
The woman came at high noon, the hottest part of the day, to avoid interacting with others. She was an outcast, and was hiding her shame. She may have been an adulteress, but she also could've just been abused and rejected by those men.
Jesus is willing to make a scandal to reach the lost sheep (consider how she is a woman, Samaritan, adulteress). He boldly, but kindly, steps into her brokenness. He goes there and acknowledges it, and speaks kind truth to it. He must have given her hope around her shame, because she went from trying to hide from everyone to running off and telling everyone about this prophet — I can't imagine her evangelizing for someone who treated her like a jerk but rather for someone who stirred her hope.
Love what you said — “He boldly, but kindly, steps into her brokenness.” The entire story is the personification of grace and truth. His truth is graceful, and His grace is truthful.
Wow, I'd never set those two qualities together like that before. What do you think truthful grace looks like?
God's grace covers us while simultaneously empowering us to live in our true identity. I love that He met her where she was "Neither do I condemn you." Yet called her into who she truly was: "Go and sin no more."