Story: The Woman at the Well
In John, we see this beautiful story of the interaction between Jesus and a Samaritan woman when he stopped to drink from a well. The woman was shocked to see that Jesus was speaking to her, Jews were supposed to hate Samaritans (their heritage was half Assyrian half Jewish). On top of this she has had 5 husbands and was now with a 6th man, the town had outcasted her. Instead of rebuking her, Jesus ministers to and she goes out to the town and told everyone what had happened. Her testimony was heard by the entire town and many were saved, all because Jesus took the time to talk to her.
God stressed loving others, it is the very reason why he made it the second commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39). However, we find ourselves often struggling to follow this every day. It’s hard to love others when we see so much negativity in the world… We see so much violence and pain in the news, jealousy in our social media, the stress of our careers. We all face those days where we just want to tune out the world and go home and nothing more. It is important to notice the world we live in and those around us, there is always someone who needs to be loved.
Think about it: Imagine if Jesus didn’t talk to the Samaritan woman, she would have continued to be lost not ever knowing that she was beautifully and wonderfully made by God.
Growing up I was bullied hard, we hear this all too often in a world of social media. I never had any friends to talk to and with so many people against me. Despite this, the things that when someone took the time to talk to just have a conversation with me. It made me feel like I was actually worth something, that’s what the Samaritan woman felt like when Jesus talked to her.
Jesus ministered to all, even outcasts of society because he knew that everyone is valuable to God.“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”- Romans 5:8.