We are all subject to the natural tendency to rationalize our decisions or behaviors. It may seem like a small mishap, but it's a completely different mindset than faith alone in Jesus Christ. Remind myself not to get far from him. They were very focused with the external, and they flaunted their apparent law-keeping before others. And in the middle of this situation, Jesus makes one of the most beautiful statements of grace and forgiveness found anywhere in scripture. Notice also in Luke 7:47 that those who lack love do so because they have not been forgiven of much. This latter truth is brought out in the structure and application of the present parable as it is nowhere else.
A lot of times the reason I don't… My excuse is I love my comfort and I'm fearful. If a man professes to be a Christian, but he's living in open sin without chastisement and scourging from God, then he's not really saved. We started talking, and then I pulled both out. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Nothing mattered anymore but Jesus, knowing and loving Him, serving Him, pleasing Him and bringing Him glory and praise.
Obviously, the story, sitting at the feet of Jesus… That's a great picture. Jesus is sitting at his table, and this woman walks in. Thank God that I'm not like that delinquent, that backslider, that gossip, that arrogant jerk. We don't understand God's holiness, and we don't understand our brokenness, our forgiveness. If you haven't watched it, it's just awkward. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.
She has Jesus in her heart. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table. You've probably heard this phrase a lot of times at Watermark. Muir, , Cambridge University Press, 2003, , p. Salvation Only those who realize the depth of their sin can appreciate the complete forgiveness.
Therefore I say unto you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Let us seek for such an interest in our compassionate Saviour, that we may look forward with joy to the time when the Redeemer's voice shall call forth all that are in their graves. I truly believe the more we see Christ for who he is, the more our cross gets big, there should follow with some passion, excitement, and childlike faith. The point that Jesus drove home for all who were there to see and hear is given in verse 47. My challenge to us, to me, is that we would respond with that kind of crazy love, that we would respond with a heart to love Christ and compel others to know him, that forgiveness is offered to all, that forgiveness leads to love, that we would love out of an overflow of our relationship with God and be on mission, be the church, be the hands and feet of Christ, to love everyone within a 30-foot circle around us, love everybody in it.
But I on the other hand, well how fortunate for this Jesus to be seen with me. Schehr, , Stanford University Press, 1997, , p. I love it because what this picture shows of our Savior is someone who loves not only the hard-hearted Simon, the Pharisee, but also this broken woman who was far from God and had a past and who these people in that house didn't normally run with. Unfortunately, I think this can be a lot of people in the church. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.
Offer your generous gifts to God, in the offering plate, in responsible spending, in caring for those you love and those you've never met! They're the real heart of our ministry, so just give it up for them for a second, because that's amazing. Apart from Jesus Christ, I would have no hope of a relationship with a holy God. That's the only sin which God will not forgive, that is, rejecting the death, burial and miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ. She understands who I am and what I have come to do. This, beyond doubt, was the lesson which our Lord wished Simon the Pharisee to learn, when He told him the story of the two debtors. We know who is in and who is out. Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee.
We almost read this and think it would be better to have some terrible lifestyle to come out of, so we can love Jesus all the more. This Pharisee had evidently tried to live up to his light, though his life was disfigured with censoriousness, narrowness, harshness, and pride - the many faults of his class. The first forgiveness is the pledge of all the rest. He had it going on. Sunday, June 20, 2010 -- Pentecost 4C A woman at the airport waiting to catch her flight bought herself a bag of cookies, settled in a chair in the airport lounge and began to read her book. Father, thank you that you love us and have given us the freedom to walk with you and that through your cross, which is a perfect picture of your love and kindness to us, you would take on all our sin and free us to be able to believe the truth, that we have your righteousness on us.
I believe in the moment when she saw Jesus Christ, every fear of leaving those grandchildren behind was completely wiped away. So here, without the slightest trace of irritation, He quotes a malignant charge which was evidently in the Alexander Maclaren— Expositions Of Holy Scripture '. You don't have to get outside of your lane. Not wanting to make a scene, she read on, ate cookies, and watched the clock. But whoever has been forgiven little shows only a little love. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.