Seeing For Yourself

John 4:39-42 (NIV)

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Sometimes you’ve got to experience Jesus for yourself before you’re convinced that He is who He said He is. You can tell people about Jesus and the difference He’s made in your life, but until they taste and see the goodness of the Lord, they just won’t accept it. Until they hear His words for themselves, they can’t believe it. Think of Thomas, the disciple who doubted, and how he couldn’t accept the fact of the resurrection until he saw Jesus for himself. The other disciples told him that they had seen the risen Lord and they just couldn’t convince him. The Samaritans in John 4 believed the woman at the well, but they became convinced that Jesus is the Savior because they heard Him for themselves.
We need to be patient and merciful with people who have doubts about Jesus’ true identity. Everyone is in a different place on their journey of faith. Some people are so close to believing in Jesus. We need to keep working with them to show them the truth of His grace. Some people are much further away from believing in Jesus. We need to be patient with them and love them into the Kingdom of God. Don’t give up on the doubters. Instead, as Jude said, be merciful to them (Jude 1:22).
PRAYER: My Father in Heaven, I pray for those people I know who doubt. Whether they doubt Your love, power, grace or existence, I pray that You would reveal Yourself to them that they may come to know You in a real way. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me and for continuing to be patient with me when I doubt. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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