“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’ He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’ ‘I have no husband,’ she replied. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.’” John 4:15-18
Dear Jesus, Sometimes I picture myself sitting there by that well with you and no one is around. I wonder what question you would ask me to show me that you can see right through my soul with your holy eyes. The truth is, I have plenty of sins for you to choose from. I know that full well. But since you own me through your sacrifice, you have every right to ask me about them. I know you prod and pry in order to cleanse and purify. I know you come to rescue not condemn. So, take me just as I am. I trust your love enough to answer you. Yes, I’m the one in need of grace. Please be merciful to me and grant me grace to cover all my sins and then give me the humility and wisdom to share that same grace with those who have hurt me. Use your confronting love to cut away the chains of selfishness and sin from my life. Amen.
Jesus is the perfect soul doctor; first diagnosing, then explaining, then applying his remedy.