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Day Five: “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Luke 7:36-50 - “When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 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.

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.”

Jesus answered him, ”Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, ”Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, ”Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Verse 47 says, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” How much do we know about God’s forgiveness, how much do we know about how we live, and how much to we realize the forgiveness we really need?

Jesus says that those who know the depths of His forgiveness in their lives are the very ones that are able to love greatly. Our desire to love begins at the depth of God’s forgiveness. And our love will only be as deep as the depth to which we know how deeply God has forgiven us. May this be the beginning of a deep forgiven life that overflows greatly with love for God and love for others.

As we close this week’s Transmissions, lets thank the Lord for the forgiveness we have in Christ. And like the lady who through seemingly scandalous actions, unashamed of what the world may think, and deeply in love with Jesus, let’s be in the presence of the Lord and worship Him. Be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit and love, so ‘filled’ that we are overflowing with a great love that lays down our lives for the sake of another to know our loving Father God…and in turn experience His love and forgiveness.

Let’s pray and worship to the song, “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiyYoe678yI

- TR

Day Four: “The old is gone, the new is here!”

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Day Three: But if you refuse to forgive…

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Day Two: ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Day One: Forgiven-ness…God is Faithful

Monday, June 1st, 2015