Jesus Knows Me…and Loves me

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:39 (NIV)

How much ‘stuff’ has God forgiven in you? Is there anything you think He cannot forgive? The Sunday School answer is “Of course not!” But is there anything in that dark corner of your life that you do not even want to think about – much less confess? It seems so awful that you don’t even want to give it words and description?

Jesus spoke to this woman. She may have been the one that ‘good Jews’ knew far and near. The one they mentioned when they wanted to feel good about themselves. “Well I have been divorced but not five times like her!” Jesus spoke to her. Being God He probably came to the well at that hour just for her. He does that. Jesus’ words are like rain on a thirsty flower. It changes the flower from droopy and half dead to tall and alive! His love, His healing love can change your life.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:3-8 (NIV)

See those words – God has blessed us with all. He chose us before He created the world! God chose to give us His grace – which is undeserved love – freely. No strings attached! The most awesome part of this love is He sent Himself in the flesh – Jesus – to provide a way for us to live with Him by His death on the cross – the atonement for our sins.

Jesus knows everything about us. There are no dark corners that He cannot see. He knows. But when we put the words to that dark corner and tell Jesus about that darkness inside ourselves, He looks at us, not with contempt or disgust but with eyes of love and LIGHT comes into our life. It’s a feeling of peace and of feeling clean. Like the woman of Samaria, we want to tell everyone about the One who knows me … and loves me.

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