Jesus Did Not Avoid The Uncomfortable

The popular Bible story, the woman at the well explains that Jesus did not avoid the uncomfortable. (Read John 4:4-26) But, what about us? Do we avoid the right thing because it's not comfortable? This post explores how we should handle uncomfortable situations...

Jesus Did Not Avoid The Uncomfortable

Before you read this, please take a moment to read John 4:4-26.

Popular belief holds that Jews typically traveled around Samaria. Apparently, there was some bad blood. John 4:9 states, “For Jews did not associate with the Samaritans.” However, John 4:4 tells us that Jesus, “had to go through Samaria.” Some say He had to travel through Samaria because He knew He would meet the well-known “woman at the well” there. Others say that Jews didn’t always avoid Samaria, so He happened upon her. Regardless of whether or not He knew the woman would be there, a part of Jesus’s personality was revealed to me.

Jesus did not avoid the uncomfortable.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. From a time-efficiency stand point, would it really have made sense for Jesus to Cross the Jordan River twice in order to avoid a potential conflict? See the map. “Emotionally,” would it have been “easier” not to deal with the discomfort of the Samaritans? Sure. But He didn’t have time to waste, so why would He have done the comfortable thing?

How often do we do this? Literally. We avoid areas of town, stores or even CHURCH because we’re afraid of running into someone and it being uncomfortable.

On Jesus’s way through Samaria He stopped at a well. He DID end up interacting with a Samaritan, a woman, none-the-less. Talk about uncomfortable for Him and her. The woman was going to the well in the middle of the day, when other women were not there, only to find a man there now asking her to give him some water. Jesus could have just sat at the well and left her alone, but He felt the heart of His Father for her. Samaritan or not, Jesus knew that God the Father loved her, so He did not avoid her.

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Do we avoid people because they’re different? Maybe they’re not the same race, social standing or even religion. Do we not make friends with or avoid them, forgetting that God so loved THE WORLD (not just Christians) that He gave His Son?

Not only did Jesus speak to a Samaritan woman, He spoke to one that had been divorced FIVE times and was now living in adultery/fornication with a SIXTH man. WHEW. That’s heavy stuff. Would it have been easier to not say anything to the woman about the fact that she was living in sin? Probably. I believe the Holy Spirit had given Jesus insight into the woman’s life, but not to condemn her. He didn’t go in with “you’re a wicked sinner.” He was kind and gracious, and it was out of complete love that He confronted her sin. But he did NOT avoid the truth.

What about us? Do we avoid the right thing because it’s not comfortable? Do we avoid issues and just talk behind people’s backs? Or do we confront things head on with love and grace?

Jesus did not avoid the uncomfortable. He was laser focused, and the quickest path between two points was a straight line through Samaria. He didn’t avoid the woman, and He didn’t avoid her sin. Neither should we. We shouldn’t because we don’t know when we will take our last breath.

With as much love and grace as I can muster, I challenge you to deal with whatever uncomfortable thing you are facing today. Jesus didn’t avoid the uncomfortable, and neither should we as His followers!

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Written by Ellae Maisch

<p>I’m a loved daughter of God, a wife of an incredible husband, and mother to my precious daughter. I am passionate about helping people, especially women, come to the understanding of their true identity in and value to Jesus Christ, discovering their purpose in life, and encouraging them to live it out. I believe we each have a unique calling on our lives to further the Kingdom of God and in order to fulfill it we must live purposefully every day. Learn more on <b><a href="http://www.liveonpurpos3.com/">LiveOnPurpos3.com</a></b></p>

  • This post was SO TIMELY for me. I needed this. I was really struggling with a situation in my life; this is what God used to turn it around. Thank you so much

  • Virginia Anthony

    I see you Ellae, dropping the mic over there.

    How often are we willing to go outside of our comfort zone in order to make somebody else comfortable? Aren’t we to live so that other people might see Jesus in us, which means making them comfortable supersedes our comfort level? So powerful.

    “Do we avoid people because they’re different? Maybe they’re not the same race, social standing or even religion. Do we not make friends with or avoid them, forgetting that God so loved THE WORLD (not just Christians) that He gave His Son?”

    Just imagine if you were making someone, you may never see again, very much OK to be themselves, that you impacted their life… now, forever and down the road. You were a life changer all because you were willing to be temporarily disrupted.

    So good!!!!