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Call Your Husband

Scripture

John 4:15-18

15 The woman said* to Him, “Sir , give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He said* to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said* to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”

Observation

Jesus doesn’t ignore sin

Application

Do you ever get overwhelmed with the brokenness in our world? i have looked at the news this morning and two things came before me. The first was the death of Claire Davis, the 17 year old high school senior in Colorado, shot last week in the school shooting. The second was the death of Ronnie Smith, the young husband and father, shot while running in the streets of Libya. I read those news stories and grieve for a moment, but two families have been rocked beyond all comprehension. Both deaths were incredibly senseless and evil beyond words. I am horrified when I see manifestations of evil like that, but I am strangely comfortable with the sin that remains in me. I have to see that the taproot that expressed itself in those horrific crimes is the same taproot for every sin, no matter how small I think it is. Sin is awful. Sin hurts people and dishonors God. There are two outcomes of sin: either a person bears the wrath of God for eternity in hell or Jesus’ takes your place, bearing the wrath of God for you. Those two outcomes tell you what God thinks about sin. We are often like the woman. We want what Jesus promises because it sounds like it will meet our needs and make our life better.  But if we are unwilling to deal with our sin, He will expose that duplicitous heart. He fully knows how awful sin is, even if we are blind to it. It’s His kindness to lead her to repentance. He will do the same for you. Is there any sin in your life you are holding onto? Be honest with God. Talk to Him. Lay it down. It’s not worth it. “Go, call your husband and come here”.

Prayer

Father, thank you that my sin does not put you off. Thank you for sending Jesus to take my punishment and bear Your wrath. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who lives inside me who puts to death the sin that still remains. Give me courage to walk in obedience to you for your great name’s sake.

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