The law – being acceptable to God by what you do – works from the outside in. It doesn’t change who you are, unlike grace, which works from the inside out.
Sometimes situations in life show us ugliness in our being. Jesus said He came as a doctor to the sick. When we become aware of sinful parts of our nature, it is an opportunity for the Doctor to bring us spiritual healing and growth.
The answer to lonliness is to be alone with Jesus. In John, we see two people who were alone with Him and how He reached them.
John 3:1-2 NLT
There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
John 4:3-4, 6 NLT
So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
Differences – Nicodemus was a well respected man who came in the night. The Samaritan woman was despised and came in the middle of the day. Jesus’ approach to each person was different according to the individual and the situation. Jesus wants us to follow His lead in reaching out to people.
John 3:3-4 NLT
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Nicodemus was educated, and Jesus knew that, so His answer to him was to humble him and press the boundaries of his understanding.
John 4:7-10 NLT
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Jesus responded to her presence in His life with an entirely different response because she was already humbled by culture and life.