In the Bible, God shows special grace to women from a troubled past:
Tamar seduced Judah, her father in law, but she and the son from this affair end up in the genealogy of Christ. (Mat 1:3). There was Rahab, the harlot, Ruth not an Israelite but a Moabitess; they are also in the same genealogy. A woman taken in the act of adultery received compassion from Jesus, when the religious leaders would have been glad to stone her. (It takes two for adultery, where was the man)?
There was the woman at the well. She had had five husbands and was currently living with a man to whom she was not married. She was mixed race, despised by those who knew her history. She came to the well alone; no decent woman would be seen with her. Jesus surprised her by asking for a drink of water. “Give me to drink,” Jesus asked and in the conversation that followed revealed who he was, the “living water”, Messiah. She was one of the first to be told who he was. She reported it too, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
You have sins in your past; so do I. You are still alive; so am I. As soon as the woman at the well knew who Jesus was, she turned around, repented and changed direction.
The grace of God is the key for that needed transformation; after that, from His grace is the strength to move forward. Do you know what the meaning of grace is? From Strong’s Concordance it is: The divine influence on the heart and its reflection in the life.
As you allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read through the Bible, your life will reflect that influence. “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did”. (John 4:39)