Time for Grace-January 23, 2024

Time for Grace-January 23, 2024

John 4:13-14

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty ever again. Rather, the water I will give him will become in him a spring of water, bubbling up to eternal life.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Water is necessary for our bodies, so we need to rehydrate regularly. As you told the woman at the well, everyone who drinks that water will be thirsty again. However, the spiritual water of faith You give becomes an internal spring we can share with others.

You pointed out the woman at the well’s sin, not to condemn her but to offer her complete forgiveness. She didn’t want to talk about what she had done, but You let her know she was talking to the One who forgave sins—You. You were the promised Messiah that one sent to redeem all people. You forgive us, so with repentant hearts, we come to You and ask that You revive our souls.

The gift of salvation comes to us through faith. You sent Your Holy Spirit to begin our faith so that, trusting in You, we know You have forgiven all our sins, and with sins removed, we are restored to You, our God. Let us recognize all the ways we sin in our thoughts, words, and actions so that we bring all our sins before You, including those we have forgotten about or overlooked; please forgive all our sins.

Restore our souls to be washed clean. We consider Isaiah’s words, “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow. Though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.” Please give us the spiritual water that never goes dry, and let us share our faith in You with those who do not know You. Let them also have the peace of forgiveness and quench their spiritual thirst with Your love, grace, and mercy. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

Having guilt and shame for your sins never feels good, but it is an excellent place to begin. Because by admitting your sins and laying them at the foot of the cross, Jesus forgives them.