“Do you see this woman?”
“If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
Jesus turned the thought around on Simon, saying, “Do you see this woman? Simon, do you see her love, her repentance, her devotion? That’s what I see.”
Whether you are a Christian or not, it is likely that you are familiar with this story told in the book of Luke. (Luke 47:36-50.) A Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to his home for dinner. Luke tells us a notoriously sinful woman from the city knelt behind Jesus, 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. Because Jesus did not shun the woman and send her away, Simon began to doubt that Jesus was a prophet. From Simon’s viewpoint, if Jesus were, in fact, a prophet, He would be able to see the unworthiness of this sinful woman.
Because Jesus is a merciful and forgiving Savior, He chooses to focus on the condition of our hearts and not on the sins of our past. It took enormous courage for a woman with a licentious reputation to come into the house of a Pharisee. The woman served Jesus in complete humility, with the attitude that she was not worthy to even be in His presence. She was willing to do anything to express her love and devotion to Jesus
Simon thought that Jesus was the one who could not see her. His thought was, “Jesus, don’t you see this shameful woman associating so closely to You?” Jesus responded by exposing Simon’s prideful attitude and unclean heart by telling him the following story that wraps up with one of my favorite verses in the Bible:
Luke 7:40-47 NIV
Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said.  “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 forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Emphasis added)
This woman’s great love for Jesus demonstrates the natural response to forgiveness and the effect of genuine faith. It can be difficult for us to believe others forgive us for our wrongdoings and even harder to forgive ourselves. But, once we allow the truth to sink into our hearts, the truth about God’s love for us and the power of the cross, something powerful takes place. In the same way a dead car battery springs to life with the use of powered jumper cables, new life is sparked inside us when we grasp the overflowing love of Jesus. Jesus’ forgiveness was not a result of the woman’s love for Him. Instead, her immense love for Jesus was evidence that she accepted His forgiveness. Overflowing love is the result of believing we have received forgiveness. The key to walking in forgiveness is faith.
God’s forgiveness is the greatest gift you will ever receive. Don’t neglect his gracious offer.
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!
The content topic for November is thankfulness and gratitude. If you missed any of the previous posts you may read them by clicking the links below:
November Post 1: How God reveals His love and mercy in the winds of change
November Post 2: How to live a blessed life unhindered by the ghost of your past