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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Two Debtors

May 11

(Luke 7:36-50 NIV)  "Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. {37} When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, {38} and 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. {39} When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is--that she is a sinner." {40} Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. {41} "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. {42} Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" {43} Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. {44} Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. {45} You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. {46} You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. {47} Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." {48} Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." {49} The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" {50} Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace.""

God has no use for those who consider themselves spiritually superior to others. In God’s eyes, we are all “the worst of sinners”. In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as “Sin Lite”. There are no degrees of sin and no classes of sinners. We are all huge debtors. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We were all at the crucifixion driving nails into that cross. Sin is more about who we are than about what we do. Here’s the principle Jesus taught: those who have been forgiven much love much, while those who think they have been forgiven little love little. In the end, God can only fix those who know they are broken, and who come to Him for repair. When we accept the fact that we are the greatest of sinners, we will treasure God’s mercy and our love for Jesus will be great! As long as we think that our sin didn’t cost Jesus very much, our love for Him will be little. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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