“…[ W ]alked we not in the same steps?”
(2 Corinthians 12:18)
During our Christian journey, we are often confronted with race-sensitive issues, cultural differences, gender issues, and doctrinal differences. Such was the case between the Jews and the Samaritans.
Thus, the story of the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus illustrates the essence of His love walk. Jesus walked into a city, off-limits to Jews. There He had a conversation with a woman who had a tarnished reputation. She was surprised that He spoke to her.
The fact that the woman was a Samaritan did not keep Jesus from walking the love walk. He walked to a well, held a conversation with the woman, and that caused her to run with a testimony that changed the lives of all who heard it. She led others to Him saying, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did…” (John 4:29).
Like Jesus, we too must tread the love path. We must not allow racial barriers, cultural differences, gender issues, or even doctrinal differences to keep us from walking in love. We must take the same steps as Jesus. He left the comfort zone of the Jewish territory and spoke with a woman whom many would’ve considered unworthy.
Are you taking steps toward your neighbors?