“Therefore 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.” Luke 7:47
What does it mean to be forgiven? We may immediately think of becoming unburdened from sins, a chance for a new start, and so forth. And you are right. All of that comes in the package of forgiveness.
But looking at the story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet at the dinner, I saw something more. I saw that she was released to love in a way she had never loved before.
She was a woman of ill-repute, according to the thoughts of one of the Pharisees in attendance at the dinner (Luke 7:39). He knew her to be a sinner. He saw her as a sinner. And he labeled her as a sinner.
She had a past filled with indiscretion and immorality. Apparently, she had made wrong attempts to fill the love gap in her life, which would come undone once the pleasure associated with that dissipated. She conducted a futile search to find the missing ingredient in her life that would give her something more – until one day, she met Jesus.
Like the Pharisee, Jesus, too, knew her past. Jesus knew what she had done. But, unlike the Pharisee who only offered criticism and disdain, Jesus offered her a chance, a way out. Jesus offered her something she could not refuse. He offered her forgiveness. And, when the fullness of forgiveness landed in her heart, mind, and soul, an explosive release of love came over her, and she could not contain what she was feeling.
The woman known to be of ill-repute was seen as valued and treasured, something she could probably have never imagined. The former sinner knew she was cherished and loved by the only One who could love her perfectly despite her past, and she, in turn, had the floodgates of her heart lifted, and a rush of love for her Savior came flowing out.
Forgiveness will release an uncontainable flood of love in your life. This woman loved a lot because she had many bad judgments against her from which she was now free. Thousands of years have passed since then, and the same forgiveness that Jesus Christ offered her (Luke 7:48) is still available today. Are you ready to experience that great release?
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
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