Posted in Listening To God, The Joy of His Love

Love in Action

Can you imagine for a moment Jesus going to the home of a Pharisee and having supper?  Then soon after He arrives a vile, sinful woman starts kissing His feet; while the Pharisee (in his mind) is mocking Jesus?

Well, it happened!   Luke 7: 36-40 gives us very important truths to live by.  As forgiven, adopted children of God and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we must read and heed the Words of God, whether it be “…for doctrine, for reproof, for  correction, for instruction in righteousness”  (2 Timothy 3:16), and then ACT on it!

Luke 7: 36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.

37-38 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,  and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.

39-40  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He was a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”  And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

41-43  “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”

44-46  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.Jesus seated

47-50 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”  Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”  Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

So thankful for the true message of God’s forever love and forgiveness preached and taught to the people in the city by Jesus, this very sinful woman repented of her sins before Jesus.  Everyone in the city knew Jesus was having dinner with a Pharisee.  The sinful woman knew it was a time she could show Jesus her loving acts of being redeemed .  The Pharisee showed Jesus none of the customs, courtesies of the day; giving a dinner guest water to was his feet, greeting the guest with a kiss of friendship and anointing the guest’s head with oil.  The woman did all three and did them to an extreme.  Why… because she loved her Lord, because He first loved her (see 1 John 4:19)  Her actions showed a Pharisee (someone she was not allowed to even be in the presence of) and everyone else how precious and important her salvation was.  She acted on her love!
May your love for the Lord Jesus and our Father in heaven be shown in your daily walk.  I KNOW in this “microwave” world we line where everything is moving faster than the speed of kilobyte, it is not easy to take the time to show that love.  But think of this woman.  She walked into an extremely precarious situation, nevertheless, she did it.  Gets me thinking… what situations have I avoided?   ♥ Streim

Posted in Living in Today's World, The Gospel, The Grace of God, The Joy of His Love

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Pt. 2

jesus_woman_washes_feet A “sinful woman” bathing the feet of Jesus with her tears as He dined with a Pharisee.

Her love… devotion… courtesy… respect… tears of joy…

Luke 7:26-47 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat.  A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar  filled with expensive perfume.  Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.  When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, “This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”  Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “All right, Teacher,” Simon replied, “go ahead.”  Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people — five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other.  But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”  Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said.  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer Me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You didn’t give Me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in.  You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint My head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.  I tell you, her sins — and they are many — have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love.  But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

 

I believe not a one of us can truly perceive how precious Jesus Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the brokenhearted.   As Jesus said in Mark 2:16-17 “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eat with tax collectors and sinners, they said unto His disciples, ‘How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?’  When Jesus heard it, He said unto them, ‘They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ “  The Pharisee Simon (in Luke 7:36-47 above)  must not have been among that group of Pharisees that day because instead of rejoicing in the beauty of the woman’s repentance, his thoughts focused to her former sinful life.

Christ, by a parable, forced Simon the Pharisee to acknowledge that the greater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she ought to show to Him when her sins were pardoned.

Sin is a debt to Almighty God; and we are all sinners!  Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be more or less, it is more than we are able to pay.   Without the free forgiveness our gracious Savior  purchased with His blood and that He  freely bestows on every one that believes in Him, none of us would escape the wrath to come!

God is ready to forgive because Jesus Christ purchased pardon for those of us who believe in Him.  His gospel promises it to them, and His Spirit seals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort.

Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey Him more zealously, and more strongly to share the message of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto all around us.

The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner’s heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!

The love this woman showed the Savior represents several very important truths lacking in the lives of many Christians today.  The perfect example of why it is so important is found in the Book of Revelation regarding the church at Ephesus.

Revelation 2:3-5 ”  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.  If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent.

♥Streim