“Therefore I tell you, her many sins are forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” – Luke 7:47
One cannot help but be moved by the scene of the woman who pours out such lavish affection upon the feet of Jesus as she douses Him with perfume from her alabaster jar and her very tears. Simon the Pharisee is scandalized, and it is to him Jesus directs this response.
The reality is: there is no such thing as “little forgiveness.” The irony is, Simon had much more to be forgiven of than this woman and he had not yet come to terms with it.
Kent Hughes tells the story of a 19th century British judge who just happened to be kneeling next to a man he’d sent to prison during communion. The vicar found the judge afterwards and pointed out what a miracle it was to see who was taking communion that day. The judge agreed. The vicar then responded, “to think you sent him to prison years ago!” The judge responded, “Oh, I wasn’t referring to him, I was referring to me. You see, that man knew he needed forgiveness. It is a miracle someone like me finally understood how much forgiveness I needed.”
Praise God He is in the business of forgiving “sinners” and Pharisees!
“Father, thank you for having mercy on me, for loving me, for forgiving me. Help me to extend mercy and forgiveness to others for Jesus’ sake, Amen.”
John Blackmon serves as pastor of Meansville Baptist Church.