"He who is forgiven little, loves little." (Luke 7:47)
Jesus arrives by invitation at a local pastor's house named Simon. Given the animosity that the Pharisees felt toward Jesus, we anticipate some confrontation before dinner is over. Even so, what happens next shocks us. While the pastors sit and eat around Simon's table, suddenly "a woman of the city, who was a sinner" comes in unexpected and uninvited. Tension fills the room. Then something scandalous happens.
She leans down next to Jesus and begins to kiss His feet. Then tears. A flood of tears - enough to begin to wash off the dust. The religious leaders are outraged. "How could a prophet allow this?" Jesus breaks the heavy silence, "A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon answers, "The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt." Jesus affirms Simon's answer, then adds, "He who is forgiven little, loves little."
For those of us who desire to love God more, Jesus has given us the gospel key. Two live wires need to connect in our lives to ignite the flame of our love to God: 1) We are deeply wicked; 2) We are deeply loved. When these two realities click (that we owe God a *massive* debt for sin and that Jesus paid it *all* because of His love) we will love Jesus much! Those who are forgiven much, love much.
Great forgiveness from Jesus creates great love for Jesus. When was the last time you were so overcome by the forgiving grace of God that you wept enough tears to wash Jesus' feet? Let's pray for fresh encounters of grace.