He Who Has Been Forgiven Little, Loves Little!

Hello saints! Let’s continue in our teaching on forgiveness. I want to look at an important passage in Luke 7:36 – 48.  Jesus is having dinner with an important religious leader. While they are dining, a woman who has a ‘reputation’, interrupts their meal. She falls at the feet of Jesus and worships Him. She is weeping, and she takes an expensive jar of alabaster oil and anoints His feet. She washes His feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair. The Pharisee is pretty disgusted with the whole scene and says in his heart, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know that this woman is a sinner’. Jesus, knowing the thoughts of the Pharisees’ heart, tells him a story. The story is of two men who owed another man debt. One man owed a little bit, the other owed A LOT. He tells the Pharisee, Simon, that the man to whom the money was owed forgave both men their debt. Jesus then asks, “Which of these two men do you think will love the man more? The man who owed him little, or the man who owed him much”? Simon answers, “The one who owed him much”. Jesus says: “You have answered correctly”. He then goes on to say, “Simon, when I entered your house, you gave me no water to wash my feet. This woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved MUCH”. Then Jesus said, “To whom little is forgiven, that person loves little”. I find this story fascinating. In essence, Jesus is saying that people who feel that they do everything well, are people who first of all think that they are better than others. They go through life not believing that God needs to forgive them of much of anything. After all, they’re not screwed up like other folks! The problem with that kind of person is that they have very little compassion in their hearts for those who miss the mark. Many people in the world have this attitude. I know. I’ve been out in the working world and listening to people is very interesting. Most conversation is filled with non-stop gossip, judgement and criticism of others. Everyone seems to know how to run everyone else’s lives. That’s because they don’t know God’s love. The book of Micah points out a part of God’s character: You do not stay angry forever, but DELIGHT to show mercy. Micah 7:19   God DELIGHTS to show MERCY! I know. Many Christians are shaking their heads and saying, “Yep. Those ol’ sinners sure are judgmental”! But wait. Christians can fall prey to this kind of thinking. It can happen so easily. You give your heart to Jesus. He forgives you and helps you to clean up your act. You start living a better life. You make better life choices. You start looking down your nose at screwed up people in the world. You judge and criticize them. You tsk, tsk, as though you got better all on your own. Come on folks! It’s JESUS who brought about the changes! It’s JESUS who has changed you from the inside out. And the more you love Him, the closer you draw to Him, the more you know you need His forgiveness DAILY. That makes you appreciative of His love and forgiveness. That makes you overflow with love and forgiveness towards others. Stay close to His heart. You do that by staying close to His Word. Something to think about.    God bless all of you and I will begin posting on a weekly basis.       In His love,    Denise

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  1. Sooo Soooo true…thank you so much Denise for staying so close to His heart and I’ll sure try to stay closser too… :)..love ya ..Linda.

    • Thanks Linda. Amen!

  2. Good teaching. I agree on daily forgiveness, HE loves me that much…

    • More to come…..thanks Bruce.


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    II Corinthians 10:3-6

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