One of my favorite stories in the Bible comes from John 4. It’s the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well in the village of Sychar.
In the story, Jesus is tired from his long walk, so he sits wearily beside a well. A Samaritan woman comes to draw water and Jesus asks her for a drink.
As we look at the story and learn more about this woman, we realize it is very interesting that he would choose this woman for an encounter! Even she is surprised that HE would ask HER for a drink. She has at least three things against her.
First, she is Samaritan. The Samaritans were considered half-breeds by the Jews (1/2 Jew and 1/2 foreigner); the Jews did not like them and would walk long distances to avoid their towns. Second, she was a woman; according to the social dictates of the day, she was a second class citizen just by being female. Third, she has made some mistakes; she had had five husbands and was living with a sixth man.
Despite her imperfections, it was this woman that Jesus not only asks for a drink of water, but that he CHOOSES! After her encounter with him, she would become one of the first evangelists to spread the gospel as she goes back to her town and tells others about Him!
I love this story because it illustrates the fact that despite our imperfections, Jesus chooses us! He specializes in restoration and is willing to forgive us for the mistakes of our pasts.
Jesus forgives and wants to heal; however, sometimes, the hard part of the healing process is forgiving ourselves. Today, consider the question, “Are there things in my past that I hold on to, things that prevent me from walking in the unconditional love and healing grace of Jesus?” If so, pray and ask God to help you let go of those things today!
Leave me a comment below. Also, if you have time, check out John 4:1-42.
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I love this message. There are so many conditions put on us even by our loved ones. Why make life so hard on one another when it is so easy and rewarding to just love one another as Christ loves us.
Awesome comment Bonnie!!! You are so right! I believe so many things would be fixed in the world if we could just do that!! Thanks so much for reading! :)!!!