It happened again this morning, old and familiar became new. How many times have we read over the verses in Luke 7, where Jesus is anointed by a sinful woman? I have loved this story and wondered about this lady. What courage and desperation she must have had to walk into someone else’s home. A Pharisee’s home none the less, uninvited. The scripture states that she was a woman who lived a sinful life, but her reputation didn’t seem to matter at the moment. She ends up pouring perfume on the feet of Jesus, wiping his feet with her hair and her tears. Just picturing this scene usually brings tears to my eyes. Today it was the last part that brought my tears. Jesus says in verse 47, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Isn’t that simple truth amazing?
When your eyes are opened to your sin and your need of forgiveness, it changes you. This woman, I bet when she was a little girl, she didn’t dream of living a life of sin. I know I sure didn’t. Jesus sees this woman’s heart and says, “her sins have been forgiven”. Do you know what this feels like and the freedom that follows? There is nothing like it. This freedom also sets you free to love others. You know how deep your sins are, but that God’s love for you runs far deeper. You are free to spend your love on others and never worry about running out.
With this kind of love you look at people different. Sometimes you see such bondage and other times pain, but lots of times there is joy. There isn’t a need to look down on others or judge their sin. Do I still do it, yes, and it hurts my heart. I have been forgiven much and want to love even more. My words shouldn’t be spent bashing someone and their choices, views, opinions and where they stand on certain issues. How about I pray for them instead and let the Lord judge their heart? If I’m asked my views, I will always be truthful and stand up for truth, but condemnation isn’t my job.
This woman in the story got it right. She heard about Jesus and didn’t seem to waste much time getting to his feet. I see her heart in the perfume and tears. She left changed and so do we.