Forgiven, thus Forgive

There is this story in Luke Chapter 7:

A Pharisee invited Jesus to his house for dinner. Over there, a sinful woman came by with an alabaster jar of perfume (a very expensive item in those days) to honour the Lord, and as she stood behind Him at His feet, “she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (Luke 7:38)”

Upon seeing this, the Pharisee said to himself, “If this Man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner. (Luke 7:39)”

Jesus, ignoring the remark, posed a question to the Pharisee (Simon):

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgivenas her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

 

Indeed. If you find yourself hard to forgive others, always harbouring resentments and bearing grudges, maybe, just maybe you have forgotten or failed to realize how much you have been forgiven… by His death on the cross.

Forgive… because you have been forgiven much.

The woman with the alabaster jar. 

 

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