Jesus always pointed to the ideal – how people should live. And He always offered grace when (not if) people fell short. He never lowered the bar or made excuses for sin.
Rather, He pressed people to repent with compassionate urgency, so that they would know real freedom. In John 8 we find a woman who was sleeping around. Jesus forgave her absolutely, but He was clear: ‘Go and sin no more.’ (John 8:10-11) Looking into her heart, He saw the woman He’d created her to be.