God Is Not Intimidated By Sin


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We get all kinds of people in our relationship and divorce recovery classes. We get angry ones, broken ones, sexually proactive ones, we get women who’ve had abortions and we get homosexual men. In case you haven’t noticed, those things are pretty big no-no’s in religious circles these days. I used to be intimidated by these folks, because I simply had no idea what to say to them. I didn’t want to be drawn into a fight. My religious training had me believing that God avoided these folks as well, because He didn’t want to fight with them either. I’m seeing things a lot differently these days. I’m seeing that God isn’t angry at all, He is confident, loving and gracious with everyone, but He won’t be baited into a fight. I’m seeing that God doesn’t avoid sinners like you and me, in fact He runs toward us with all of his heart. That’s why this passage of Scripture is one of my favorites. I guess I love this passage because this is the Jesus I really want to be. (The other Jesus is “Angry Jesus”, driving sinners from the temple), but angry Christians never accomplish anything valuable…

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 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.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”  John 4:7-18

So, this woman at the well was hammering on Jesus pretty good, and Jesus never got testy with her, He wasn’t unkind at all, He was just unfazed. I can see the Lord Jesus, sitting on a rock by the well with a smile on His face, interacting with this world-wise woman, simply and confidently talking with this woman and refusing to be baited into a fight. Jesus was so settled with His own life, and He was so tight with His Father, that when a person tried to get the best of Him, He simply never took the bait. And how effective could we be in life, if we were such confident and forgiving believers, that when someone were to try and drag us into a fight; we wouldn’t take the bait either?

So, when our ex pushes our buttons, or we’re challenged by a personality type with whom we’ve never interacted successfully, we can really learn to handle it differently. I truly want that Godly confidence in my own life and I hope you see the value of that calm, unshakable spirit in your life as well. As always, that’s what I think, I hope you’ll share what you think.

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