Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. Luke 7:47
This verse comes at the end of an account featuring a woman of the city, most likely a prostitute, a Pharisee and Jesus. The woman washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and her tears. The Pharisee’s thought was that Jesus didn’t know who she was, for if He did He wouldn’t let this take place.
Jesus then told the Pharisee a story about a man who owed a lot of money and one who owed a little. Both of their debts were cancelled. Jesus asked the Pharisee who would love the moneylender more. Simon the Pharisee answered the one who owed the most. Jesus went on to explain that she never stopped showing her love for Him since He got there and the Pharisee didn’t do much of anything. Jesus told the woman that her sins were forgiven and that her faith saved her.
In the end, Jesus wants our love. The more you have been forgiven, the more likely you are to love much. And if you don’t think you needed much forgiving, the more you’ll be like the Pharisee–distant and aloof from Jesus. The truth is that both the Pharisee and the prostitute need Jesus because on the inside we are all sinners. God doesn’t have gradients of sin, so pride is just as offensive to Him as immorality is.
The key for those of us most like the prostitute or most like the Pharisee is to recognize the depth of our sin. Then we need come to Jesus as the woman did–broken, repentant, pouring out our love. If you have sinned much, take heart that your sins, which are many, are forgiven. It is an opportunity for you to love much and revel in God’s grace and mercy. If you have lived a pretty clean life and are more like the Pharisee, know that God wants your heart and your devotion. Ask God to show you the depths of your sin and what it cost Jesus to make forgiveness possible.
Jesus told the woman that her faith saved her. It takes faith to believe that everything bad that you have done has been washed away by Jesus’ blood. Come to Jesus with an act of love, devotion and worship. You have been set free!