Tension Between Grace And Truth Part II

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In Part I we discovered that in many of Jesus’ encounters with people their conversation evoked tension. In the gospels some of His encounters are messy. Some are confusing. Most of them are fraught with tension, a tension between grace and truth.

In the story of the woman at the well in John 4, the encounter begins with tension. Tension between a Jewish man and a Samaritan woman, the Savior of the Word and a sinful outcast. In the story Jesus offers the woman His grace, the “living water” of eternal life. But His grace is balanced by His truth when He tells her to go get her husband and come back.

BAM! Grace and truth collide head on! She has had five husbands and the man she’s living with is not her husband. Grace is wonderful, but sometimes truth is like a kick in the solar plexus.

Part II

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Conflict Between Grace And Truth Part I

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She had no friends. She was a social outcast. Despised by other women in the town. A shameful, sinful past. A lousy life. And no hope for things to perk up in her future.

She had to go to the well alone every day in the scorching, midday sun. The women in the town went together in the morning when it was cool. It was their social time, enjoying one another’s company, chatting, laughing, swapping stories.

But this day, when she arrived at the well a stranger, whom she recognized as a Jew, greeted her. “Will you give me a drink?” The Savior of the World asked her.

The tension begins.

Men did not usually associate with women in social settings. And Jews did not associate with Samaritans. The Samaritans embraced a religion that was a mixture of Judaism and idolatry. Because the Israelite inhabitants of Samaria had intermarried with…

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Being your own best friend

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LB 69… “God Understands Our Need”

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Before they call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24, NIV.

All her life Virginia had enjoyed the closeness and comforts of family and friends. Then her husband died, and her own disabilities worsened. Her son brought her north to live in a nursing home near him. Even though she helped choose the facility, she still hated it. She felt angry at her husband for dying, and angry at God for letting it all happen. Her only solace lay in corresponding with old friends and family.

One day, checking her calendar, she noted five birthdays were coming up. She had no cards–no way of buying any. It seemed the ultimate proof of God’s abandonment. Angry and depressed, she cried out, “God, don’t You even care? Here I am in this place needing just five birthday cards, and I can’t even get those!”

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HE LIFTS US UP: Spiritual Warfare– The Battle is Real

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Pieces of Brokenness (Psalm 147:3)

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SCARS of The Abuses We Endured

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