Its amazing how much friendships can make the difference in someone's life. Typically if I miss a dose of my medicine im very down and depressed and I lose hope. Today was different. I hung out with Kat and Hunter pretty much all day. After church and lunch we went to her house to watch a DVD and then this evening the 3 of us went to see Barnyard... Aside from it being an incredible movie, it was great just being with someone... especially someone you consider a very close friend. I missed a dose but I had a dose of something better... friendship.
The sermon today was about the woman at the well. This woman was an outcast and had no friends. Jesus had compassion on her.... and Im going to go back to that Scripture that I can never seem to get away from.... yup, 1 Corinthians 13. Love is above the law. What law in this case? Jesus was not only a Jew but He was a Jewish rabbi and under "the law" Jews and Samaritans did not talk or associate in any way... at all! But Jesus had compassion on this woman... His love for her was unsurpassed and that love made a difference in her life - and everyone else in the town. Another thing was that Jesus stayed in that town for 2 days because He was asked to. As Mike said today, He could have very easily left the town for the woman to teach.... but He stayed. The reason why is very important. Jesus knew that we, as humans, need people around us to encourage us. This is why during the Creation He said "it is not good for man to be alone".... If Jesus had left that town, the woman would have been left with no support... Instead of leaving, He stayed and encouraged others so that when He did leave, they could grow together.
Having people around us is important. I know I feel lonely alot and I wish I had more people around me. Im sure many others feel the same way... and Im probably just as guilty in letting others feel that way.
The thing we always miss is that we are all in this together.