BY DR. RAY MILLER - RETIRED PASTOR
Jesus told the Samaritan woman: "The time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet the time is coming and has now come when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth … God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth."
In Jesus' response to the Samaritan woman, Spirit and truth are key words. A city or country is not a holy place. Your body is the temple of God. God is with you wherever you are. Buildings and locations are not holy places. Your body is a holy place when spirit and truth live in you.
Jesus also challenged the concept of law when he forgave the woman who was caught in adultery. He said to her he did not condemn her. Forgiveness was his main message. Our churches have the task of preaching grace, but wars and rumors of war challenge us. We live in a world where vengeance and self-righteousness prevail. We pray to God that we may be instruments of peace.
Random acts of kindness should be part of our every day actions. Bless those who leave water for those who are traveling in hot dry areas. Bless those who provide food for those in need. Blessed are those who are able to give shelter in times of conflict. Enable us to be healers in times of trouble.
Blessed are those who can forgive the most vile acts against them.
God's word is self-giving love.