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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: Grateful Love

Conviction filled the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well as she heard Jesus’ words to her, and she wondered if this might be the promised Messiah she had read about. The Spirit of the Lord was working on her heart, and she said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming whom is called Christ. When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

Jesus answered, “I that speak to you am He.”

At this, hope sprang up in her heart, and filled with joy she forgot her errand to get water. Leaving her water pot she rushed back to town and declared to others, “Come and see a Man who told me all things I did. Isn’t this the Messiah?!”

Meanwhile, Jesus’ disciples returned from their walk to town to get food. They were surprised to find Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman. As she left, Jesus, deep in thought, hadn’t taken the drink of water He wanted, nor did He eat of the food His disciples had brought.

Not wanting to disturb Him, yet feeling it their duty, they urged Jesus to eat. He realized their loving concern and replied, “I have food that you don’t know about.” He explained, “My food is to do the will of My Father in heaven to; accomplish His work.”

Jesus saw the woman accepting truth, which many of His fellow countrymen rejected, and her response was like food and water to His soul. Sharing God’s love was His life.

Today He longs for us to respond to His love and come to Him for life abundant and free. As parents watch for their babe’s smile of recognition, showing the beginning of intelligence, so Jesus watches for our expression of grateful love, showing spiritual life has begun in the soul.

If you have a question for Bible Mentor Marie Odell you can contact her by emailing: marieodell04@gmail.com

Marie Odell is a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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