Something seems pretty clear to me as I look at Jesus’ ministry. When he was abundantly clear about what was right and wrong, Jesus almost always first led with compassion. When Jesus led with compassion, he almost always eventually told people they needed to change what they were doing. What tied these two seemingly opposite things together? Love. Jesus loved people with a compassionate heart just the way they were – but he also loved them so much he was unwilling to leave them just the way they were. For you and me, true love rooted in Jesus’ heart embraces people where they are without question and then walks with them as the Holy Spirit changes them from the inside out. In a world where so many people seem to be convinced that it’s a choice between compassion or change, Jesus’ love unites the two in a transformational way that can only be called miraculous.