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Love Jesus With Abandon

“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”

– Luke 7:37,38

I love the account of the “woman of the world” who entered the house of a Pharisee to wash Jesus’ feet and pour expensive perfume on him. Though the general consensus in the room was that if the Teacher knew who this lady was He wouldn’t let her near Him, the truth is that Christ welcomed her brokenness. At the Lord’s acceptance of this “sinner,” Simon, who was hosting the meal, must have had an inquisitive look on his face because Jesus turned to Him and asked, “If forgiven a debt, who would be the most grateful, the one who was forgiven 50 denarii or the one who was forgiven 500?” The answer was obvious, and Simon responded by acknowledging that the one who had been forgiven the greatest amount owed the greatest debt of gratitude. After he answered, Christ affirmed his response, noted the woman’s extravagance toward Him, and then made the powerful statement, “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 

Friend, self-righteousness rarely leads to a life poured out before the Lord, but a broken soul mended is cause to love Him with abandon! Only in having endured a measure of rejection, judgement, or scorn can you understand what it means to be completely known, entirely accepted, and perfectly loved. No matter what you’ve done or how far you’ve strayed, Jesus is waiting to welcome you back to His presence; He will never shun or shame you. I encourage you to sit at His feet often and enjoy the fullness of your freedom and acceptance in Him. 

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for forgiving me and setting me free to love you with abandon.

Reflection


How does God’s forgiveness in your life inspire greater love for Him?

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