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The Open Arms of God

John 4:5-42

People often become “wrapped around the axle” so to speak, regarding the aspect of living water in this Gospel reading. They like to go into examples of being thirsty, the importance of water, “living water” as baptism, and what it means to thirst spiritually. While these are all valid points and should be considered there is the underlying message we often miss.

The fact that Jesus initiates a conversation with this unknown Samaritan, and a woman at that, shows there will be an in-gathering into the Kingdom of God. Jesus reaches out to those the established religious view said were not part of God’s people. Jesus says different. Jesus foretells this in-gathering when he says, “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”

The same is true today. The Gospel message is for all, though be assured I am not saying all will be saved, for some will reject this gift. But it is still offered to all. No one is outside of the love of the Father, if he but repent and embrace what is being offered.

If God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, can offer such love to those who do not know Him, how much more will He love, forgive, and draw closer to Himself those who are of His fold.

Lord God, I am often beset by doubts and fears: I fear that I cannot be forgiven; because of my falling to sin I doubt my faith. Help me to trust in you by the power of Your Holy Spirit. When Satan says I am a fake and I am not worthy of your love, when he assails me and causes me to question whether or not I even trust in you, be my protector causing the Devil to flee and help me to run into your loving arms. This I pray in Jesus name, AMEN.