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He Loves You Greatly!
1/29/2018

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:7-10 (NKJV)

Have you ever been in a shopping center parking lot and had someone come up to you asking you for some money because they were hungry or thirsty?  I am sure you have.  But let me ask you this; have you ever went up to someone who may have been viewed as a social outcast and asked them if they would get you something to drink?

This is exactly what we see Jesus doing as recorded in John 6 vs. 6-42. Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well around noon one day.  Now it would have been customary for the women to go to a closer water source, as this particular well was about half mile from the city.   It would have also been customary for the women to go in the afternoon rather than in the heat of the day. 

So why would this woman have traveled farther than what was needed and in the hottest part of the day? We know this woman had been married five times and was now living with another man (John 4:16-19).  The women of the city would have shunned or scorned her because of this lifestyle, so she probably went out of her way to not bump into those people who would not accept her.

God, in His sovereignty, had arranged a meeting with this woman to bring her the opportunity to have eternal life, but she would first need to acknowledge her sin and then acknowledge whom it was who could offer such a gift. We can see from the Scriptures that she acknowledges her sin, and that Jesus tells her that He is the Christ (v. 26). The woman is amazed at what has transpired, and she leaves her water pot and runs to tell the people within her village about Jesus.

Q: What can we glean from this message

I believe we can truly see how God has a love for each and every one of us, especially those who might not be socially acceptable to those who think they are religious and righteous. God was willing to go meet the woman right where she was at, rather than wait for her to come to church some day.  This Samaritan woman was definitely amazed at how Jesus knew what she had done, but I personally think she was even more amazed at how He loved her in spite of what she had done.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:8-11 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Remember, God knows everything about you, and yet He still loves you greatly.  Be like Jesus and share God’s living water (salvation) with whomever He brings into your life.    

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 4:8-11 what can we learn about loving others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to love others enough to share Jesus with them?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to love others even if they are not lovable by your standards.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for loving me so much.  Thank You for showing me how to love others.  Help me to love the unlovable Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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