December 12, 2023


Luke 7:36-50 - 36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44Then turning 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. 45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48And he said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


In this passage from Luke 7, Jesus is invited to dine at the home of Simon the Pharisee. While there, a sinful woman comes and begins to wash Jesus' feet with her tears, wipe them with her hair, and anoint them with perfume. Simon thinks to himself that if Jesus were truly a prophet, he would know this woman is a sinner and not allow her to touch him. Jesus knows Simon's thoughts and tells him a parable about two debtors, one who owed more than the other but both had their debts forgiven. Jesus asks Simon who would love the moneylender more, and Simon answers that it would be the one who had the larger debt forgiven. Jesus then contrasts Simon's lack of hospitality and care for Him as a guest with the woman's overflowing acts of love. Though the woman had many sins, Jesus declares that her great love shows her sins have been forgiven. The guests are amazed that Jesus claims authority to forgive sins. Jesus tells the woman that her faith has saved her, and to go in peace.


This powerful story provides deep insight into the nature of forgiveness, love and faith. Despite her sinful past, the woman shows remarkable courage and devotion in expressing her love and gratitude to Jesus. She holds nothing back, humbling herself completely before Him. Her actions reveal that she understands Jesus' message of forgiveness and unconditional love in a profound way. Though Simon doubts Jesus' authority, Jesus knows the true condition of both their hearts. Simon's self-righteousness blinds him from showing Jesus hospitality and recognizing His divine wisdom. The woman's humility allows her to fully accept the grace offered through Christ. Jesus came for sinners like her, not the righteous. Her great love springs from recognizing how much she has been forgiven. Simon, thinking little is forgiven him, loves little in return. The guests are surprised that Jesus forgives sins, but He has power to heal spiritual brokenness. This passage reminds us that we are all debtors who have been forgiven much. Our gratitude and love towards Jesus should reflect the magnitude of His grace. We must not let spiritual pride make us deaf to His call to humbly love God and others. May our faith in Christ overflow in acts of devotion, unhindered by fear of others' judgments. As we receive His complete forgiveness, let our lives proclaim, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


Heavenly Father, we praise You for the gift of forgiveness through Your Son, Jesus. His sacrifice makes our redemption possible. Lord, open our eyes to see any spiritual pride that may blind us from recognizing our need for Your grace. Soften our hearts to humbly receive Your limitless love and forgiveness. Fill us with such gratitude that our lives overflow with heartfelt worship, acts of service, and devotion to You. May our faith in the power of Your forgiveness compel us to love others as You have loved us. Thank You for the peace that comes from resting in Your unfailing grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Her tears of joy flow freely as gratitude fills her soul, Before the Savior she humbly washes what little can be made whole. Though doubts filled their minds, to her heart the truth was clear, That in God's gracious eyes, none are beyond His embrace so dear.

Her tears of joy flow freely as gratitude fills her soul,
Before the Savior she humbly washes what little can be made whole.
Though doubts filled their minds, to her heart the truth was clear,
That in God's gracious eyes, none are beyond His embrace so dear.

This image was generated by AI from the devotion text.