Love

 John 4:7-9, 13-15 
 

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

9 The Samaritan woman said to Him,, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can You ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)… 

…13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 

 

These verses are from the story of the Samaritan Woman in John 4.  It is a gripping reminder of how Jesus seeks us, even the least of us, risking it all to offer relationship and relief from the shame of sin.  Jesus modeled unconditional love.  He willingly risked His own life to engage the Samaritan woman in conversation.  Truth, He should’ve been lawfully executed for such an interaction, but, something within Him exceeded the need to obey human laws… love.   

John 4:4 tells us that Jesus was divinely compelled to seek her out and to offer her true love and eternal salvation.  We see Him tell her He can forgive, He can restore, and He alone can give her the love that she’s been seeking from man, that man can never offer.  We see Him offer her hope.  The human condition wrestles with selfishness all the time.  We tend to offer others little, because we’re consumed with thinking only of our own desires.  This destroys relationships.  This relational destruction is what is present in the above verse, as this woman cries out and in essence says: “please, give me this water so that I don’t have to keep coming here humiliating myself daily reliving the pain of my past.”  She’s desperate because she’s been abused by others solely taking from her.   

The reason that the 2nd Greatest Command was about others, and equal to the 1st, is because people being transformed by the knowledge that they are divinely loved and accepted is the very heart of God and it is the call of His church.  We are to be people that risk it all.  We are to be people that’d put ourselves and our reputations in harm’s way if need be to meet the needs of others over our desires. Just like Jesus modeled.  He desires that we’d be a people all about seeing lives transformed because He transformed us.  He desires that we’d give more than we take and love more than we hate.   

So, let us practice this today.  Let us be mindful of others more than ourselves.  Let’s seek to meet their needs above our wants.  Let’s relate to others out of selfless transformation not solely for selfish transaction.   


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