The Woman at the Well

As I ponder this story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, there are so many things that made it an unusual occurrence.  Firstly, for a Jewish man to talk to a woman, much less a Samaritan woman was rare.  Her reputation couldn’t have been pristine if she had five previous husbands and was not married to the man she was currently living with at the time.  When His disciples returned and found Him, they, too, were surprised.  The one thing that Jesus was positive about, was her receptivity; therefore, her recognition of the Christ as He told her about herself.  In her humility , she expressed gratitude for this conversation.

1 Samuel 16:7 states “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.'”  Jesus was certainly looking at the Samaritan woman’s heart that day and it remains that way.  Today, I will actively work about keeping my heart free from worry, anxiety, jealousy, envy, bitterness and pray that it be filled with grace, love and kindness.  That is what God will see.

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The Good Samaritan

While studying the story of “The Good Samaritan” this morning, I begin to ask myself questions about this topic.  Am I kind and patient when it may look like I am being inconvenienced?  Am I rude to solicitors when they call?  Do I smile at people while out shopping or am I so self-absorbed that I don’t even see them?  Today, I will be aware of these things.

The Good Samaritan stops to render aid after the Priest and Levite had walked on by.  Luke 10:36-37 reads, ” Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”

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