“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Luke 7:47-50
Although this text doesn’t state what her sins were we know they were many. That didn’t stop her from entering the Pharisees house to have an encounter with Jesus. She believed and knew in her heart that He had the power to forgive sins. She went straight to the source. Despite all of the hissing of the Pharisee.
She took her alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him weeping. She was so sorry for what she had done. Her falling tears gently removed the dust from the days walking. She used her hair to dry and clean them. She then anointed those precious feet with costly oil. Those very feet that the nails would be driven through.
Her actions backed up her heart’s condition. How does this speak to us today? How are our actions? That reveals the heart. Are we repentant and truly sorry for our sins or do we shrug them off knowing we are already forgiven? In a world where anything goes now it’s difficult to separate yourself and see your sin as God sees it. The world accepts it, even applauds it.
After the Pharisee points out her sin while she is anointing His feet, Jesus rebuts with a parable about two men that owed money. One owed little and one owed a substantial amount. The creditor forgave their debts and so He asks, “Which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
What hope for today! Whether our sins are few or many, God forgives them all. It takes a truly broken and repentant heart. When our hearts begin to break over our own sin we are repentant. Asking God in passing to forgive you and believe in your heart that you are just a human and you are going to sin won’t cut it. Although it is true, it’s not a place where we should live. Sin breaks the heart of God and it should do the same for us.
I am not saying that after you have repented that you should continue to lament over what you have done. Lesson learned. Consequences accepted. Time to move on and march forward, a little stronger now in the journey. I don’t think that this woman went back to her sinful lifestyle. I like to hope she had a brand new beginning to the rest of her life. And you can too.
Notice that Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Peace. That is what He trades for our confession and turning. What a beautiful truth. Have you experienced that peace? Do you long to know it? Isaiah says in 26:3 that “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Trust Him with all of your muck. He wants to forgive you and restore you just like we talked about with Peter last time.
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