“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47)
How do you feel about your sins? Are they in the past, covered by the Blood of the Lamb, and you seldom, if ever, think of them? Likewise, you pray for forgiveness each day as you remember each and every trespass and offence that has occurred?
Or, do events and circumstances come to mind frequently, some from long ago, and you are overwhelmed by a sense of sin and a need for forgiveness? How could I have done that! Or each impure thought or possibly unkind word strikes your conscious like a fiery brand and you pray for release from the sin that plagues you.
Can I offer a word of comfort. The person who has been forgiven much, loves much. That’s what Jesus says. You are forgiven. And because you have been forgiven of things of which perhaps you would not speak, you love much. He values your love.
Read Luke 7:40-48:
“And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.”41“A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42“When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”44Turning toward 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 has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45“You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46“You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”
Rise up to Him in love. Minister to Him with songs, with praise, with worship, with deeds. He notices. He cares.