Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:39-42

Jesus knew that God loved everyone, and that all people needed to be brought to His truth. He went to Samaria, a place that Jews normally avoided, with a twofold purpose. By reaching out to them, Jesus showed them they were included in God’s plan of salvation. He also taught His disciples that this was the way they were to share His love.

Jesus always set the example for us to follow. He gave us two important instructions, often called the Great Commandment and the Great Commission – love God and neighbor, and make disciples of all the world. In this visit to Samaria He demonstrates both.

Jesus still calls us to the same action. He didn’t say it would be easy but He said it was necessary. By our obedience to these, we can know the joy of being in relationship with God and each other, sharing the love He first shared with us.

Heavenly Father, we are amazed that You choose us to help fulfill Your purpose. Bless us to be the face and the voice of Your love to everyone. Amen.

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