John 4: 16-17 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, “I have no husband for you have had five husbands and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
How shocked the woman must have been to have Jesus tell her all about herself. First of course she was amazed that He was talking to her because she was a woman and then it was the fact that He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan and Jews didn’t talk with Samaritans. She couldn’t help but run back to the city to tell everyone that she had seen the Messiah. Jesus took the time to reveal truth to her instead of focusing on her mistakes or the fact that she was a Samaritan. His goal was to attract more people to God through His truth. Jesus spoke the truth in love and then was able to reach a city, not just one woman.
Often we react to people based on their beliefs or their race instead of basing our attitudes toward others on the word of God. How many more people do you think are out there that would be attracted to your relationship with God if you based more of how you behaved on the Word instead of your feelings or prejudice.
Jesus said over and over that He came to seek and save the lost. That was His primary goal and it should be ours as well. He lived what He believed. He was God and could have taken a seat in the Temple and judged people for all that they did, but He chose to teach them truth instead and allow that to be their conviction. There is power in the Word of God to heal, to convict, to save, to draw people to God.
I would encourage you today to ask God how you can be more like Him in your walk with Him so that it draws others to Him. Ask Him to pour out His love on you so you can pour it out to those around you. The Bible is clear in 2 Peter 3:9 that God is not wanting anyone to perish but that all would come to Him, let us make it our goal to live lives that will draw others to Him.
Quote: “If you judge people you don’t have time to love them.” Mother Teresa