SEVEN GRACIOUS MANNERS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE GOD OF GRACE:
1. GRACE INITIATES NOT INTIMIDATES
Jesus said unto her, “Give Me to drink.” (Vs 7)
Please note how Jesus initiated the conversation by asking for help to meet his real everyday needs. Jesus revealed His humanity – “Give Me To Drink” before His deity “Living Water”. Grace is humble and not too proud to ask – Can you please help me with….?.
2. GRACE IS RESPECTFUL NOT RUDE
His posture – Jesus sat down with her not stood over her.
Her person-hood – Jesus lifted here up not looked down on her.
Her point of view – Jesus let her finish her sentence and complete her statement.
3. GRACE USES DIALOGUE NOT MONOLOGUE
Jesus asked not demanded. He discussed not debated. He answered not argued. He responded not reacted.
4. GRACE PRESENTS WITHOUT PRESSURE
Jesus didn’t beat around the bush with her , nor did he beat her on the head. He first presented the eternal living water and in the light of that, he pointed out her earthly life style. He took the necessary steps to build a relationship.
5. GRACE IS FIRM BUT NOT AGGRESSIVE
He talked with her. He treated her with dignity (he called woman the same that he called his own mother). He taught her by explaining things clearly. He told her ALL the things she ever did.
6. GRACE INSTRUCTS NOT INSULTS
This lonely and vulnerable soul quickly learns that Jesus does not reject or turn away the socially outcast nor demonises or puts down the spiritually confused
I. Social Outcast – She was half breed, hated by the Jews, divorced five times, etc..etc..
II. Spiritually Confused – She followed her own religious system and was not clear on a number of subjects including that of worship and the coming of Messiah
Jesus was patient but not passive. He was firm but not aggressive. The more Jesus spoke to her heart and mind, she more she realized who He was:
a Jew in vs 9; ….. , a greater than Jacob in vs 12; ….. , a prophet in vs 19: …. , The Messiah in vs 22, 29.
7. GRACE IS COMPASSIONATE NOT COMPROMISING
Jesus was concerned about her heart’s trust more than her human tendency. He was sure of her listening ear once he secured her trusting heart. His words were compassionate without compromise. His way was insightful not intrusive.
Extracted from Grace Through with Pastor Peter Rahme Inner West Baptist Church, Sydney