This week I have been focusing on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. It can be found in John 4. I am sure you have read it before but it does a heart good to reread the story and see what God wants to show you.
This morning when I read it again, God really opened my heart that I am not too far off from this woman He had to go see. This is a mess of woman who is going about her normally daily duties when she encounters the Lord. What stood out to me the most this morning is that she desperately wants this living water. She wants a quick fix to cover up her sin problem. And she wants a quick fix so that her sin will no longer affect her daily life. In John 4:15 she says “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
I have been there. Actually I think this is where I have been living my life with Jesus for far too long. I want Jesus to give me a quick fix to get over my sin so that I don’t have to keep coming back to this same place time and time again. Also I am weary of my sin affecting my family. But I believe all quick fixes do is bring temporary relief to a deeper issues.
So, of course, Jesus doesn’t offer her a quick fix, He goes deeper with her. Jesus offers her his perfect love in the midst of her mess. She had been with five men and was living with guy number six. None of these men could fill this deep need of love in her life. She was speaking to the man who could offer her perfect love. Not in a sexual kind of way, but the perfect love that comes out of 1 Corinthians 13- patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud or dishonoring, not self-seeking or easily angered. A love that keeps no record of wrongs, that rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, always preserves and NEVER fails. This is a love that no man could show her. Only the one, true God could allow her to feel this kind of love.
God offers this same perfect love to me. In the midst of my mess. In the midst of my sin. There are no quick fixes in Jesus, only His perfect love that was shown on the cross. And the great thing is there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that I can do to earn it and nothing I can do for it to be taken from me. God’s offer of His perfect love has no strings attached.
Today, I would like to end by sharing one thought taken from the book, “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope:
Sweet friend, wherever you are, Jesus meets you there. You and I are not worthy of His love and we can never do anything to deserve it– but we are worth His love because He chose to give it to us. We are His! Hold on to this promise and live in the power of its truth: because God’s love is perfect, you don’t have to be!
Today I am choosing to walk in His #perfectlove. How about you?