November 13, 2020
Conviction Of Sin
John 4:16-18 (KJV) Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Just imagine if you were in the middle of an ordinary task like shopping and some man, a stranger that you did not personally know, stopped you in your tracks and spoke to you about intimate details of your life. I am confident that a part of you is pulled to listen to what such a man has to say out of natural curiosity while the other part of you would want to run away as far as you could from this stranger prying into your personal life.
You see, in this day and age, it is not uncommon that some people place information once deemed private out of the closet, so to speak, for many people to see and read in a typical day. However, when it comes to our most intimate relationships with others, most people keep such knowledge out of the public record and refrain from discussing it with a stranger.
This biblical event inspired to be recorded in the book of John was certainly an eye-opener for this woman. Why, because no other person dared be so blatantly bold and truthful about the course of her life, this discussion hit her in the heart of the matter.
Jesus Christ is like that then and today. He tries to open our hearts and minds to the truth of any matter. He prods and digs at our conscience in an attempt to draw our attention to what is wrong with our life. Jesus Christ is willing to give us hard facts to expose our crime and to gain our attention.
The real question is when Jesus Christ exposes us, as He did this lady, do we listen, as did she? Or choose to ignore His tugging at the heart of the matter? Each of us can choose to learn a lot from this striking moment as we, too, choose to turn our attention to Jesus Christ and allow Him to expose our weakness and sin in this world.
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