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. Luke 7:47 NKJV
A woman described as a sinner entered the house of a Pharisee. She stood behind Jesus weeping. She washed His feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair. She kissed Jesus’ feet and anointed them with a flask of fragrant oil she brought with her.
God filled her heart with His love. This was an outward expression of what God was doing in her heart. God poured out His Spirit on her even though she was described a sinner. God met her right where she was, just as she was the day she worshipped Jesus!
The Pharisee did not invite her to His house. Jesus did not summon her. What made her think she could approach Jesus with such boldness? In that culture a religious leader would not allow a woman to touch Him. Who gave her permission to lay hands on Jesus?
Where did she get the boldness to commit this act of love and worship? Who gave her permission to pour out her heart to Jesus?
While she was pouring out her heart to Jesus a Pharisee was watching with a critical eye. In his heart he said to himself; “This man if He were a prophet would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him for she is a sinner.”
The Pharisee does not approve of her act of worship. God did!
If she had gone to the Pharisee instead of Jesus he may have sent her away. He may have given her instructions to follow before she could approach or seek God. He may have instructed her to commit an act of repentance before entering the synagogue.
This woman had the boldness to approach Jesus because the Spirit of God drew her to the Lord. God beckoned her to receive His love. God wanted to meet with her even though she was living a sinful lifestyle. The Lord wanted to fill her heart with His love!
God did not call her to jump through religious hoops. He invited her to enter into a loving relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to her; “Your faith has saved you: Go in peace.” The faith that saved her was the faith to believe God was standing before her!
Sometimes we say God loves us but we do not live as if He does. We believe God loves our Pastor. We know He loves the Sunday school teacher. We may have difficulty believing Jesus loves us!
God wants to meet with you today regardless of what you have done. You can approach God with great boldness. God has forgiven you of much so you can love Him much!
If you have a loving relationship with Almighty God through faith in Jesus Christ go in peace. Your faith in Jesus has saved you. Share the peace in your heart with others!
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