How are the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, (Jn.4:7-26) and the son in the parable of the prodigal, alike? They both sought fulfillment in the “pleasures of sin, which they enjoyed for a season” (Heb.11:25). Like the drug addicted woman who becomes a prostitute to support a heroin, or crack cocaine habit; or is promiscuous because of a deep deficiency in the soul, may be satisfied for a time; ultimately the flesh is never satisfied! So that person goes on to the next trick, the next shot, the next rock, obsessing between fixes, and trysts in their mind, they then act repetitively at the gut level on the compulsion. In the same way the Prodigal Son sought fulfillment in riotous living (Lk. 15:13). In both cases, after partaking of the substances and behaviors, there was always left an emptiness and deep depression. Jesus with the woman at the well, after he told her in love everything she had ever done, gave her living water to drink (Jn. 4:10-14). Esau, whose god was his belly, sold his birthright for a bowl of lentils (Gen.25:29-34), The Prodigal went after wine, women, and song in a far country. The 21st century drug addict, the alcoholic, the promiscuous woman, the viewer of pornographic material on the internet are no different than the biblical characters of old, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God through Christ Jesus is eternal life” (Rom. 6:23). If we serve our belly (Rom. 16:18); “and make it our god, we will glory in shame” (Phil 3:19). On the other hand if we believe God and hunger and thirst after righteousness, the scriptures say, out of our belly shall flow rivers of living water (Jn 7:37-38). Splagnos, a Greek word which means good emotions, flow from the throne of God. This, in plain terms, means accepting the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) as the woman at the well did. We coming to our senses as did the Prodigal Son, are called to live in objective biblical truth, in the filling of the Holy Spirit, confessing sin when we fail, and going on with God (I Jn. 1:9).