“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47
Lord Jesus, it’s as profound and simple as this: Our love for you (and others) is always a response to your great love for us. We love you because you first loved us, by giving yourself for us on the cross. Hallelujah, and thank you.
Because of your death, we live. Because your death was a sin-bearing death, all of our sins are forgiven. We now live in a perpetual state of full forgiveness, the gift-covering of your righteousness, and God’s unwavering favor.
The unloving, dark, selfish things we have thought—and still think; the harmful, death-giving, uncaring words we spoke/speak; the choices we make, and things we do, which reveal the imperfection of our obedience, it’s all forgiven—not okay, but forgiven. We are, and should be, astonished, grateful, and humbled.
“Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all”—as Isaac Watts wrote, and we sing. It also compels us to not be okay with our unforgiving attitudes, resentments, and our record-keeping of wrongs done against us. Help us, Lord. Some things and people are easy to forgive. Other things and people—well, it’s even hard to want to show mercy.
Intensify our love for you, Jesus. We want to show you “much love,” like this precious woman in Luke 7. It’s the only way forward, in our easy and complex relationships. Thank you, and a very big Amen.