The Magnitude of my Debt

1-24-17
Tuesday
 
 
Luke 7:40-50
40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
 
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
 
 
When Jesus says to you, “I have something to say to you” it is probably not good?
 
But Simon is ready for an explanation about why he would allow a woman like that to touch him. But what Jesus gives him is a parable designed to make him think for himself about why anyone would behave like this woman.
 
 
It is about love. A debt is forgiven and there is gratitude and love towards the forgiver. And who loves more? The one who was forgiven more.
 
It is one thing to be forgiven a financial debt but what kind of love and devotion would you have towards the one who forgave you of all your sin? Someone who died for you and paid the debt of sin that you owed? Someone who opened the way of eternal life with God?
 
 
Here is the point. This woman was a sinner but her sins were forgiven by Jesus. And her repentance and tearful and loving response was true worship… out of a heart of love. Love is the motivation for worship. This must have puzzled the Pharisees because they thought that keeping the law caused God to accept them. They worked to earn God’s love, but this woman worshipped because of what Jesus did for her.
 
 
So here is the question: How big was the debt of your sin when Jesus forgave you?
 
Because if you think it was no big deal for God to forgive your small sin then you will love little. But if you see your sin as the mountain of debt that it really was… you will love much.
 
 
Prayer: Jesus had to die because of my sin, that is how great my sin was. May I never forget the price that was paid on my behalf.

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