He who is forgiven much loves much

Luke 7: 40-47

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 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?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 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. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.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.

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We studied this passage at bible study on Thursday.

Note that both the one who owed five denari and fifty denari did not have enough money to pay the moneylender back.

When Jesus said “Whoever has been forgiven little loves little” He was not talking about the quantity of sin. He was talking about how much we realize we’ve been forgiven.

I started meditating on this since then.

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Today in church I started tearing up halfway through the message and was sobbing by the time we got to prayer. I told a friend who asked if I was okay that they were tears of joy, but that was the truth cut short. The more comprehensive explanation would be that I was crying because:

– God convicted me of my sin. Sins. And I was horrified knowing how much I had caused God’s heart to ache because of my actions. My pride. The words I have said that have reflected what is in my heart.

– I understood a bit more of the amount of grace He has given me. I was touched and overwhelmed even with this glimpse of the grace He has shown me.

– I knew He has forgiven me, and loves me. Note that those can be hard to comprehend together. Pastor Roger shared a story about a woman who upon receiving a gift from another woman who God  prompted to give said, “I knew God had forgiven me. But I didn’t think that He could love me again.”

I’m tearing up again. God You are so awesome. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

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