A group of Pharisees caught a woman in the very act of adultery, ready to stone her to death. They had the law on their side, they were very zealous, they had authority, they had the power to carry out their threat and they had a valid reason to stone the woman to death.
Jesus needed to disarm them and liberate the woman. What would he do? Argue with them? Command them not to stone her to death? Accuse them of being unfair? Fight with them? Invoke fire and brimstone upon their heads? Set up an NGO dealing with accusers of the brethren?
Instead, He spoke from deep within. With simple words and without any altercation, religious zealots and lawyers were disarmed and the woman was freed not only from her accusers but from sin. He is a better advocate than the accuser is a great lawyer.
He shows us a better way to disarm situations in any endeavor and at any level. Just find the right words. Words can move the spirit in a person, a people or a place. Leaders only need the right words, so do spouses and parents. Force or argument is not needed. No nation needs brute force to disarm another nor can anyone truly be disarmed or enrolled by force.
Words can be deeply transformative. Words are spirit. The right words are life, in the deepest sense. Words can loosen the loins of kings in a way nothing else can. Action is good but there are words that speak much louder and longer than actions, words that are infinitely more effective than anything else you may do or bring to the table.
Spirit-inspired words are seeds that sprout, grow and flourish in the hearers even if they do not produce instant results. They produce a surgical operation and do not create unwanted side effects but are solution multipliers. Such words do not befall the shallow but are encountered where “deep calleth unto the deep.”