4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet….
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. John 4:4-18, 28-39 NIV
There is an easy way to know if we are walking in discernment or just being critical or judgemental. Here we find a woman drawing water from the well. She had never met Jesus before and He had never seen her before, yet He knew ALL of her past. Notice Jesus didn’t despise her for it. His reaction was to offer salvation, which is referred to as “living water”. He didn’t tell her everything that was wrong with her and if she had made other choices she would have saved herself a lot of grief, as true as that may be. He didn’t turn His back on her and call her unclean and would have nothing to do with her. He didn’t react to her with anything but love when He could have pronounced judgement! Instead, He offered love and salvation.
If you are born again, this very nature of Jesus, is in you! We can live out of our emotions which can be full of anger, haughtiness, and criticism, which is the “fleshy” man or we can live out of our renewed spirits. You know which one you are operating in by who you are acting like. Are you acting like the rest of the world or are you operating in love like Jesus did to this woman? Are you offering salvation or are you condemning? Are you offering love or do your thoughts leave you despising someone? If you see something wrong in someone and you are offering prayer, true concern, praying that someone realizes the love of God and the error of their ways you are walking in discernment. If you are angry and want someone to “get all that is coming to them”, you are walking in judgement!
I love the last verse listed where it says she went and told the people about Jesus and how He had told her everything about her life. Notice this woman didn’t run home with her head hung in shame. She went into town and witnessed to others what He had done and that He was the Messiah and those in turn were drawn to Him! Judgement will always bring shame and ostricizing! Shame will always run from God (remember Adam and Eve hiding themselves due to the shame of their disobedience?). Discernment will draw people into relationship with our Lord and with the church!
Ask yourself today, how am I acting toward a person that bothers me and why? Am I drawing them to living water or is the way I am treating that person pushing them further into sin and away from the light that is within me, which is Jesus Christ? You will then know if it is discernment or judgement you are flowing in. Purpose to love and be all Jesus has called YOU to be, which is a light to a darkened world!
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