Have you ever thought to yourself that you have been a very great and big sinner? Have you been really disappointed by the same question? I know, I have been also at the same spot many times and time to time. But there is great news and great comfort for the ones who think that they are one of the greatest or chiefest sinners.
The Scripture is filled with messages to comfort the sinners who think they are the most sinner but when they returned to the Lord with repentance. One of the outstanding passages and incidents that have caught my attention and have been a great blessing to me is Luke 7:36-50. In this passage, we see one great incident that took place while Jesus was on this earth. Jesus had been invited for dinner by one of the Pharisees. But something strange is happening there in that house. Luke informs us that the Pharisees addressed her as a sinner. I want to inform you that though the people around you may look at you in a bad way, God looks at you in a blessed way. We see here Jesus appreciates the woman for the love that she has for the Lord. She gets an A+ for the love and honor that she showed to the Lord Jesus Christ. One thing we need to make clear is that the last three verses of the chapter say that her sins are forgiven. The forgiveness of their sins is not on the basis of her love but her faith and in return, she showed her love for the forgiveness that she received. Please note two important things before we say anything.
# Forgiveness of sins by our Lord Jesus Christ is only based on her faith.
# Love towards God is not the basis of our forgiveness of sins, but instead, our act of love should be out of the realization that how graciously we are forgiven, we are unworthy.
“When a person realizes how sinful he or she is, that is the time he falls in love with God. The more you are convinced as a wretched sinner the more you are going to love God.”
I would like to propose two suggestions and concepts from this passage:
- Love for God becomes more real and increase when you know the truth itself:
In verses 40 - 42, the Lord Jesus lays out the truth, this truth is laid out as a parable from our Lord Jesus Christ. See the truths below
- Debtors: Jesus said that there were two debtors. Which simply means that there is not even one who is not a debtor. Luke translates debts as sin in the Lord’s prayer. Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors. , Luke 11:4, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Scripture says that there is none righteous no not one. Romans 3:10 is written: "There is none righteous, no not one; and in 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
We need to know the truth that we are just debtors or sinners, there is nothing good in us not even a single cell of it.
- Incapable: Jesus said that both of the debtors were not able to pay back. It does not matter what size it is. It could be small like a fifty or big like five hundred. None have the ability to pay back. Isaiah 64:6 says But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Ephesians 2: 1 who were dead in trespasses and sins;
- Graciously forgiven: Jesus said that the creditor graciously forgave both the debtors. We need to know that we are graciously forgiven, did not deserve it but the Lord did it out of His grace. Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
- Love for God becomes more real and increase when you know yourself:
Verse 44 of Luke 7 says that Jesus turned towards the woman and said to Peter, “Seest thou this woman?” Jesus is showing Peter what sort of woman was she. Jesus was not looking at the woman as the Pharisees would see but as God would, mercifully, graciously, and with love, no matter what sort of people or what kind of sin we have committed, only when we go to him in faith and repentance. Jesus gives a beautiful contrast of the actions, that the woman had shown to express her love and gratitude to the Lord.
- Repentance with Acceptance: Jesus said how normally people accept their Guests, but this woman has shown an extraordinary acceptance that is mixed with repentance. We must accept who we are, that we are just sinners, and repent of our sins. Luke 7:44 I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
- Love with delight: Jesus continues to explain her reaction towards God. She continued to show her love with delight. Luke 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
- Love with honor: Even further Jesus explains her reaction to God of love with honor. Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou did not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
A person will love God more, only when he knows the truth about him and God. That he is nothing and unworthy, but God has made him or her worthy and valuable. When one realizes this his or her love for God will keep flowing stronger and deeper.