The Worldly Scorn of God's Love

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Luke 7:38-50

One thing I know for sure is that we will never truly understand the love of God. The Pharisees back in Bible times didn’t get it and to this day we are still awestruck by the vast magnitude of His love.  Pastor Rick Warren said, “God’s love is like an ocean; you can see its beginning, but not its end.” Growing up in the church, it is easy to see God’s love and look past how much He chastises our daily sin. To us, our little white lie isn’t that big of a deal. I mean, there are thieves, rapists, and murderers locked behind bars that are way more sinful than I, right?

Wrong.

Although it is easy for us to put together a worldly ranking of sin, to God, all sin is equal. There is not one sin deserving more damnation than another. Therefore, Jesus was often seen rebuking the Pharisees for such remarks. In this passage, a woman, a well-known sinner, came and washed the feet of Jesus with her tears. Oh, what an outcry the Pharisees made at this gesture. How could Jesus let such a dirty woman be near, let alone touch him. If Jesus was a “prophet”, He would have known the many sins of this woman and never let her get close. But Jesus is more than just a prophet, he is God. Little did the Pharisees know, Jesus knew of all the sins this woman had committed. Jesus knew her heart as well; although her sins were great, her heart was open and repentant. Luke 7:50 (ESV) says, “And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

What the Pharisees neglected to understand in this situation was the greatness of God’s love. God loves all of His redeemed children in spite of the sins which they have committed. To Christ it isn’t about the multitude of sins, it is about our heart for Him: denying our old selves and giving our lives to Christ. Just as Jesus saw the woman’s heart, he also saw the heart of the Pharisee. Although the Pharisee had invited him into his home, there was pride and disdain in his heart. Simon knew he was expected to wash the feet of Jesus and greet Him with a kiss, but he chose to do neither.  What was meant to come as a blatant insult, turned into a lesson on forgiveness and love.

Regardless of the lives we have lived, if we love Christ and believe in Him, He will forgive us of our sins and we will be saved. Ask yourself, “How much more should I love Christ knowing the multitude of sin in which He has forgiven me?” and “What is stopping me from throwing myself at the feet of Jesus?” Christ is standing before us with amazing grace, truth, and love. Don’t let your modern-day Pharisee pride hold you back from the true love of Christ. Once we truly believe and love Christ, we can begin to truly live.

Bekah Mead