Dry, parched, like a desert wasteland, cotton mouth, dry like toast (of course spoken as the mother in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). How many times in your life have you been there? Thirst is a horribly uncomfortable feeling. You know that feeling that you’d give nearly anything for an ice-cold glass of water? It’s that thirst that a glass of sweet tea, or a soda can in no way satisfy. Only water will do. Then, you get that ice-cold liquid joy, and you feel relaxation pour over your body, from the inside out as your vessel thanks you for the gift of water.
Water plays such an important role in our lives. Our bodies are made up primarily of water, as is our earth. Lack of water can cost a person their life. Water is absolutely crucial to our survival. The challenge with water is that our bodies continually need a new supply. Soon after you provide your body with much-needed water, and quench its thirst, you will need that liquid replenishment again…and again…and again. That water does not sustain us forever. There is nothing special about it, other than it is wet, and quenches the thirst of our bodies. Have you ever considered that there is more than just your physical body that needs its thirst quenched? What about your soul?
In this crazy, mixed up world, we focus so much on instant gratification for the body…wanting to touch something or hold it right now, that we often forget about the needs of our soul. Our soul also craves water. It becomes thirsty, parched, and dry, but sipping on a wonderful glass of ice water won’t quench the thirst deep within the soul. So how on earth do we quench that thirst? The answer dear sister, is living water.
No, it’s not a new diet fad. You can’t find it at the local grocery store, or even at our favorite red bullseye adorned retailer. Living water only comes from Jesus. Only Jesus can forever quench your soul. With Jesus as your Savior, your soul will never thirst again. So here’s the place where many of you will stop reading. It’s the, “here she goes talking all about that Jesus dude again.” Wait…just hear me out. Oh, and if you think you’ve heard this message enough times in your life, and it doesn’t apply to you…well stick around sister. You just might hear something new. So hold on to your sassy socks! We’re going to talk forgiveness. Yep! Forgiveness.
If you’re reading this, your probably at some point in your life heard the name Jesus. I’d even venture to guess that you have heard that accepting Jesus as your Savior will provide you eternal life in heaven. Sounds pretty good huh? Then, you hear the words…confess your sins, and ask Christ for forgiveness. Is that where you begin to tune out? Are you checking your phone, or changing the radio station? Come back dear sister…we aren’t finished yet. What about you who already confess Christ as your Savior? Do you ever struggle with that whole idea of forgiveness? Have you ever thought…or maybe even said, I’ve done [fill in the blank] in my life, and there is no way that I can be forgiven. I get it! Yep. This One Christian Chick has totally been there in my life. I’ve done so much wrong, how can God forgive me? Have I got some news for you!! Good news! Remarkable, life changing news!
There is nothing you can, or have ever done in your life that God will not forgive if you truly come before Him with a heart of repentance. That means, if you really and truly desire that God forgive you, and your heart aches at the thought of ever hurting God again, then you are repentant. Yep! Y’all, when you decide that you are giving up the horrible things you’ve done in your life, and replacing them with God…and you’re never, ever going back there again, that’s a repentant heart. God will forgive you. Now I hear the, “well, He won’t forgive me for [fill in the blank]. I think it’s that you aren’t willing to forgive yourself because dear sister, that’s a story for another day. I’ve been there too. The good news is God knows your heart, and He has already forgiven you. Want to know how I know?
Bust open your Bible. Yep, go find it on the shelf, wipe the dust off of it, and crack that puppy open. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you. If you don’t have one, just hold on tight…I’ve got you covered! John 4:1-26 is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Y’all, this woman already had it against her that she was a Samaritan woman, and Jesus a Jew. These two people groups did not work well together. They wouldn’t even speak to one another. Yet, being a Samaritan was truly the least of her worries. When she met Jesus, they were at a well. No bottled water hanging in the fridge back in the days Jesus walked our earth in human form. Nope. You had to use a bucket, lowered into a hole the ground by a rope and pulley. My fifteen year old son would now interject that this is how we got water when I was a kid. Gotta love that boy! So here is Jesus, who now asks this woman for a drink. Y’all hold on here for a second. Jesus knows this woman. He knows everything she has ever done in her life, and He is having a casual conversation with her.
The woman asks Jesus why on earth He would ask her for a drink. She’s a Samaritan. It’s at that moment that Jesus tells her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10 Are you interested? I know the woman is. Living water. What’s that? The woman says, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and thew well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?” v.11 “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” v13-14. Wait a minute…living water equals everlasting life. Now I’m not a math wiz, but I think that equation adds up to a perfect answer for me…and for you! If I ask Jesus to give me His living water, I will have everlasting life. Yes ma’am!
Wait…what about that whole forgiveness thing? Well, the woman tells Jesus that she desires that living water…His living water. He tells her to go and get her husband. Here’s the part of the story about forgiveness. The woman tells Jesus that she does not have a husband. “Jesus said to her, ‘You have well said, “I have no husband,” for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” Yikes y’all. Talk about feeling like you’ve made a mess of life. This dear sister has certainly had a mess of trouble in her life. Ever been there? Not necessarily with five husbands, but in some other manner? Drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, lies, cheating, adultery, crime, even murder…have you ever been there dear sister? Don’t you dare give up now! Don’t assume that you cannot be forgiven, made new, and be loved by God. You can!
The Samaritan woman asked Jesus for living water, she claimed Him as her Savior, she obeyed a command He gave her to go and tell others about Him. Y’all, she did everything He asked of her, and for that…for her willingness to confess her sins, for her desire to turn away from all that had gone wrong, Jesus…God our Father right here living among us, forgave that woman. Yes! He forgave her! He gave her everlasting life. Don’t believe me? Crack open your Bible and read it for yourself. God’s love letter to us is absolute truth. If forgiveness is in there, then it’s true! You can take it to the bank…actually, take it to heaven with you!
Dear Sister, don’t miss this…God has a perfect plan for your life, no matter what you’ve ever done wrong. There is no sin, not one, that is not covered by the blood of Jesus. If you will believe that, and let God work in your life, change your heart, quench the thirst of your soul, then God will forgive you and use you for His glory! Just take the step at trusting He will forgive you. You know what else is so fantastic about God’s forgiveness? It’s true! He doesn’t hold our past against us, or bring up our failures, He loves us and leads us…we just have to let Him. Sister, do you already know Christ as your Savior? Do you struggle with whether you are really forgiven? Stop doubting yourself. That doubt is of the Enemy. He works to destroy the hope and joy you have found in Christ. In Jesus name, claim your forgiveness granted by Christ. Look to see what God has for you, and never…ever doubt His forgiveness again. Jesus’s body was broken and bled on that tree, so that forgiveness and life everlasting was possible for you and for me. Say it with me…I AM FORGIVEN.