This morning I was reading John 4 about the woman at the well and her encounter with Jesus. This story is rather familiar to me however today, Jesus’ absolute, unconditional and extravagant love struck me like a 2×4.
When Jesus approached the woman, He was asking for water. Then Jesus changed the conversation to the gift that He could give her. Then Jesus changed the conversation yet again to her personal life and worship. He was drilling down in her heart to the real issue at hand. Yes, she would love to have some water so that she did not have to keep coming back to that well just for a drink. But what she really NEEDED was the well in her heart to be filled. Could this come from the men she had in her past or the man she currently had? NO. She had to go to Jesus to get her heart filled.
The woman’s words to the town also struck me, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29)
Because Jesus knew her intimately, she believed what He said. And not only did she believe, but she called others to meet this precious Jesus who “told me everything I ever did” yet did not bring condemnation but only love.
I want to be like this woman- getting my heart’s fill from Jesus alone and telling others about His love and striving to love others like He loves me. True and authentic. Love that does not bring bitterness or condemnation. Just absolute, unconditional and extravagant LOVE.
May I encourage you to read John 4 today and see what the Savior is saying to your heart.