A Sinful Woman Forgiven

Luke 7:36-50

"Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”


And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”


“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”


Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”


And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”


Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”


And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”


Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”"

Though the woman had many sins, she demonstrated great love for Jesus Christ and faith in God. He was invited to eat at Simon's house, a Pharisee. However, it was the sinful woman who showed her true love for Jesus and faithfully glorified Him. Simon was too busy judging her to see the beautifulness of the encounter and the sinful heart that was pouring out love and repentance to Jesus. She was weeping at His feet, washing them with her tears. She was giving her all to Jesus. God set Simon's focus on the true matter, that while she was a woman with many sins, she was demonstrating her faith in God and pouring out her love for Christ, which is what we are to do when we repent of our sins. We are to give our all to Jesus, to confess all, turn away from that sin completely, and walk-in obedience with Christ. It is not us believing that God exists or believing in Jesus Christ that saves us, for even the devil and demons believe. "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19). But, it is by God's grace through faith that we are saved.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:4-10
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. - Titus 3:4-7
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” - Romans 1:16-17

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