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Much Forgiveness, Much Love

I am currently reading through the Gospel of Luke in my daily Bible reading. This morning I read about a Pharisee who invited Jesus to eat with him in his home. While Jesus was there, a woman with a sinful reputation finds Him at the table. She wipes her tears on his feet with her hair, kisses his feet, and pours expensive perfume on his feet. The Pharisee, Simon, is appalled because he would think that a man like Jesus should not let such a person near him, much less touch him. Jesus knew what the Pharisee was thinking, and taught him something about who was worthy to be in His presence. The woman served Jesus, treated Him as the Savior she needed. The Pharisee treated Jesus as "nothing special", not even doing the respectful thing of washing his feet when He came to the house, as was customary.

We are all sinners and are not worthy to be in the presence of God. Yet, God will forgive us. We need to repent, turn from our sinful ways. Swallow our pride, which is what that Pharisee needed to do, just like all of us "church-going, religious" types. Jesus is the Savior for everyone, not just those who look a certain way. Have faith that Jesus is who He says He is, repent of your sins, get baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and follow Him.

Luke 7:36-50 (Christian Standard Bible)

36 Then one of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster jar of perfume 38 and stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to wash his feet with her tears. She wiped his feet with her hair, kissing them and anointing them with the perfume.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—she’s a sinner!”

40 Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

He said, “Say it, teacher.”

41 “A creditor had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii,[g] and the other fifty. 42 Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.”

You have judged correctly,” he told him. 44 Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she, with her tears, has washed my feet and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint my head with olive oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfume. 47 Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 Those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”

50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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