This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47
This is a very powerful story to understand Jesus’s kind of love. Set your eyes on the three key persons—a Jewish leader called a “Pharisee” on the right, a woman who had sinned, on the left, and Jesus in the middle.
The Pharisee stands tall and stiff―head lifted high, lips curled up, eyes filled with pride. On the left is the sinful woman. She is likely known as a lady who was not faithful to her husband. She is bent over, weeping at the feet of the man in the center—Jesus.
There you have it: cold, hard judgment on the right; warm, free, love outpoured on the left. Listen to the words between Jesus and the Pharisee. Follow them closely, letting all the truth of this story about real love, sink into your heart.
Stay for a long time on the words of Jesus: “Her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little, loves little.” The Pharisee thought he was just perfect—nothing to be forgiven, and so he didn’t love at all. We’ve been totally accepted, loved, forgiven by Jesus. Let’s love him with great love in return!
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