When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” —Luke 7:39-50

Jesus crucified for our sins. Our sin debt has been paid. He is the atoning sacrifice that appeased the wrath of God toward everyone who accepts the gift of eternal life through Jesus (Romans 6:23).

Now for those who have faith in Jesus, we are like the woman in the above portion of God’s Word. We love much because we know we have been forgiven much. The more we understand the love of God the more we love like God.

A preacher on the radio was saying yesterday that “If we cannot forgive people the small mud puddle of their sin then we are not forgiven.” Jesus put it this way— “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). God love and forgives. We need to do the same without negating the seriousness of sin.

Love is obedience to God. Love is eternal gratitude toward God. Love is more of a proper understanding of ourselves. Love is an active forgiving of others. Love is not seeing ourselves as any better than anyone else. Love is a willingness to serve others. Love is willingness to take the least position. Love looks out for the best interest of others. Love wants others to know the love of God and takes the action so that others will hear about His love for them. May we be doing so!

It is an overwhelming marvel when we consider what God has done for us— “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).

My Father, I am so grateful for what You have done for me and so many others through Jesus. Oh, that we would share this wonderful message with others that they too may know Your love. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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