Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It is the SOUL that Matters

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.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”(John 4:10-14)
The Samaritan women wanted to know why this Jew was asking her, a Samaritan woman, for a drink. Jews did not deal with Samaritans, especially a Samaritan woman! However, that did not matter to Jesus. He was not interested in her ethnicity, gender, or culture, but rather her SOUL! We are created in the image and likeness of God . . . everyone of us. While God has instilled certain characteristics in each of us based upon our family background, history, culture, ethnicity and experience, we are still very much alike in our needs and wants. We all want to be loved, appreciated and valued. We all want to know we make a difference. We all want to matter to someone. Jesus showed His disciples and us that the Samaritan's SOUL mattered to Him. She needed love . . .geneuine love . . . agape love . . . the kind of love only the Spirit of God can give. We as believers possess that love in the person of the Holy Spirit. Pray that we will allow Him to move and breathe in us so every SOUL matters to us as well . . . whether it is those like us or those in our "Samaria"!

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