by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday August 3, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Those Who Hurt
One of the main reasons we sometimes have a weak faith is our faulty view of God. After all, He is so big, how could we ever truly get an accurate portrait of what He looks like, how He acts, and how He feels about us personally?
Let's think about what Jesus said. He told us that if we want to know what God the Father is like, we must look toward the Son. The Savior said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). We can know the Father because we can know Jesus.
And when we take a look at the way Jesus treated the people around Him, we get a good picture of God's love. Consider the woman at the well in today's Scripture passage. This was a woman who had been outcast by society. The fact that she came to the well at that particular time of day - a time when no one else was around - shows that her exclusion from the townspeople was not just their idea; she herself felt the need to stay isolated.
But what did Jesus do? He loved her. He accepted her. He gave her what no one else would give: respect and attention. That is what He does for us as well. God does not want us burdened by guilt, shame, and heartache. Nor does He want us to be secluded from other people. Instead, He calls us to be an active participant in His kingdom.
Have you cut yourself off from those around you? Take hold of your Savior's hand today, and experience the joy of His acceptance.
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