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One reason we at times have a weak faith is because our view of God is faulty. That's not totally surprising—after all, He is so big, how could we ever truly get an accurate picture of what He looks like, how He acts, or how He feels about us personally?
Knowing that we would need a way to understand Him, our heavenly Father revealed Himself through His Son. And so "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). The better we get to know Jesus, the more we will understand the Father (14:9).
And when we take a look at the way Jesus treated the people around Him, we get a good illustration of God's love. Think about the woman at the well in today's Scripture passage. This was a person who had been outcast by society. The fact that she came to draw water during the heat of the day (4:6)—a time when no one else would be around— indicates 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: attention and respect. That is what He does for us as well. The Lord does not want us burdened by guilt, shame, or heartache. Nor does He want us to be secluded from other people. Instead, He calls us to become active participants in His kingdom.
Have you cut yourself off from those around you? Take hold of your Savior's hand today, and start experiencing the joy of His acceptance.
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