29, June 2013

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Don’t Rush into this Relationship (2)

‘No one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again…’ John 4:14 CEV

We all want to be loved and appreciated for who we are. And when it doesn’t happen on our timetable, it’s tempting to rush into another relationship hoping it’ll make everything better. The last couple to ‘live happily ever after’ may have been Snow White and Prince Charming! Keith Anderson writes about a friend whose relationship had taken a serious nosedive: ‘I told him not to be in a big hurry to find comfort and rush into the next relationship. Stop where you are, I said, and learn what you can from this failure, and then step on it – move ahead in growth. The real failure is not in falling down but in staying there when you have fallen… Jesus told His disciples to shake the dust from their failures and move on. It’s good advice. Don’t become caught up in your failures. Don’t become condemned to repeat the past. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Didn’t Paul say the same thing in Philippians? "Forgetting what is behind… I press on." (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)’

One day Jesus met a woman who’d been married five times and was pursuing yet another relationship. Recognising that her need was not for another man, but a relationship with God, He said, ‘No one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again.’ (John 4:14 CEV) Jesus saw beyond her sin to her real need, and restored her sense of self-worth. Bottom line: only the water Jesus gives will quench your soul’s thirst.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 4-7, Luke 3:11-20, Ps 59:9-17, Pr 16:23-26

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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