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Forgiveness and Reconciliation John 4:1 – 26

My Pastor, Dr. L. M. Gray, Jr., once said that “if you really want to be blessed, just put your arms around the Word of God.” - His Word
According to Webster, forgiveness is to pardon an offense or fault of another; or to renounce anger or resentment against another person.  Reconciliation is defined as the re-establishment of a friendship with another; or bringing oneself into acceptance.  Both of these attributes should certainly be priorities among Christians.
There was a powerful lesson taught when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  When He first spoke to her, she was drawing water and He said, “Give me drink.”  It is a known fact that the human body is made of 70 % water; which makes water the answer to our physical thirst.  However, in this instance, as the conversation continued between them, the water took on an altogether different meaning.  This water that Pastor Gray so elegantly explained to the congregation was symbolic of the spirit of life.
Despite the woman’s arrogance, Jesus spoke to her of the living water that He had to offer.  The woman’s thirst grew as He revealed the essence of the water, providing everlasting life.  Jesus then explained to her that “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4: 24. 
The woman told Jesus that she knew of the coming Messiah.  Jesus then said to her, “I that speak unto thee am he” (verse 26). Ultimately, His request to her was not a request for water, due to his thirst, but an invitation to partake in the living water of Jesus the Christ.  Even with her haughtiness, the invitation of forgiveness and reconciliation was delivered unto her. 
So I challenge you, my brothers and sisters, if Christ, the Son of the living God, cared so much to deliver a message to a person of such arrogance, should we not also seek out those who we need to forgive and reconcile with them?   
I pray the blessings of God upon you and that He will grant you peace.

8 Comments to Forgiveness and Reconciliation John 4:1 – 26:

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pas.chester evans on Thursday, December 30, 2010 10:20 AM
Jay, This is going to be a great thing that you are doing. I feel the anointing on this work. God will open doors for you. So may He give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding for the journey. Praying for you. Much love.
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Jackie Meadows on Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:35 AM
To all that responded to this message of hope: As I look back at the site, I remain to feel the annointing that He gave me during this writing. I am humbled that I was chosen to do so. This message has been instramental to many that had unresolved issues of forgiveness. May the love of God surpass all other. Selah.

Jackie Meadows on Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:37 AM
Pastor Evans, Your prayers are truly annointed. Thank you- I pray that your mission work continues in it's success. TSB Publisher

Ollie R. Johnson on Sunday, January 2, 2011 10:34 PM
Dearly beloved-Jackie, I am touched by God's "favour" on your "life-calling: The Single" ..."for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come... This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people... shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:13 and 18. Yes, God has strengthened both your heart and hand-Love, Ollie. God has certainly strengthened your heart and hand to share His Word.
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Earnestine Hunt Dorse on Monday, January 3, 2011 2:41 PM
Jackie, my sister, this is one of the many reasons You Are. love you earnie
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Hazell Jones on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:37 PM
God's blessings to you as you help to spread the good news of the goodness of the Lord. "In all thy ways acknowledge him and He will direct thy path.
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J. Williams on Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:26 AM
Jackie, Thank you so very much, sometimes it's so hard to forgive. The more the hurt, the more the reluctance to forgive. The truth is the more the hurt, the more the need to forgive. Forgiveness is more about your relationship with GOD than it is the person who hurt you. If JESUS forgave those who tortured and killed him how can we do less.
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Jackie on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:25 PM
Amen. Hurt certainly brings about a change of heart. I can only imagine the agony that Jesus endured - - and yet, He forgave while on the cross in the midst of His pain. That is a true testimony of how we should treat one another. Thank you so much for your comment. I look forward to hearing from you again. TSB Publisher

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