Jesus' approach to the Samaritan woman at the well should be a guide for us as we learn how to handle people outside of the church. A study of the culture teaches us that the woman was an outcast (traveling to the well at the hottest time of the day – when other women wouldn't be there) and living an immoral life (having several past husbands in addition to the non-marital relationship she was in at the time). Jesus didn't approach the woman by condemning her deeds; he simply offered her living water that would leave her without thirst. The woman had questions, and Jesus was ready to give her answers. He didn't mince the truth, but He also didn't jam it down her throat. His agenda was obvious, but it wasn't delivered in a way that was hurtful or demeaning. She knew her sin, and she was ready to open up her heart to the Lord. She was thirsty, and Jesus gave her a satisfying drink. When you meet thirsty people, do you help quench their thirst?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.