Good Life Journal - Luke 7

Scripture:

Luke 7:47 – Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little.

Observation:

Jesus is dining at the home of a Pharisee, when a woman of the city kisses Jesus feet and anoints them with ointment.  The Pharisee then questions Jesus as he is letting a sinner touch him.  Jesus answers the Pharisee by telling him that the woman recognized her sins, loved Jesus and was forgiven by her faith.  In contrast, the Pharisee thought he was religious/righteous saw others as sinners and did not love or need forgiveness.

Application:

In Romans 3:23 Paul tells us we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.  I need to be careful that I am not Simon the Pharisee wanting to judge others sin as somehow worse than mine.  We were all dead in sin until we received the love of God through Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross.  We all had a debt that we could never pay without the grace of God.  I must receive the love of God and I turn share it with others.

Prayer:

Father,

Thank you for your love and undeserving grace you gave me.  Help me realize the magnitude of my sin and you saved me from death into life.  Let you Spirit guide me to loves others not judge them.