I am in awe of the courage and bravery of this woman. I can’t begin to imagine what it took for her, a well known sinful woman in the town, to step foot into the house of this Pharisee. What thoughts must have been running through her mind? Did she have any fear of rejection or humiliation? Was she afraid of the people that were there? The love she felt must have been stronger than her fears; she moved forward with her plan to put her feelings and heart on public display. Her story is a beautiful picture of the power of love and forgiveness.
“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” This woman knew she was in need of forgiveness. Jesus refers to her sins as “many” and the passage leads us to believe that everyone in the room knew that fact. But she humbled herself in front of all of them to show her gratitude to her Savior.
I think this woman was overwhelmed by grace. She knew what her sins deserved, and yet the one person who could rightfully condemn her shows her grace instead. Her response is lavish love. I want to live my life as overwhelmed by grace as she was and love lavishly as a result.
I’m challenged so much by this woman’s example. She held nothing back and didn’t allow anything to stand in her way in showing her gratitude and love for Jesus. Including what others might think. That’s bold love.
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