A Manly Lesson from a Lowly Woman

How do we become more like the woman in Luke 7? Who upon encountering Jesus and being forgiven of her many sins threw herself at His feet, washed them with her tears, kissed them, and anointed them. In fact, the expression was so embarrassing that Simon, the Pharisee that Jesus was with, became uncomfortable and made it known that she was a sinner in hopes that Jesus would send her away.

We become more like this woman by understanding simultaneously the crushing weight of our sin and the radical strength of God through Christ. We must position our heart low like this woman did and understand that we too are a sinner, which is a problem that human morality cannot fix. Jesus says that the woman was acting like this because she had been forgiven much and that those that are forgiven little love little.

You see, it wasn’t that Simon didn’t have much to be forgiven of. It was that he couldn’t see what he needed to be forgiven of. He called the woman a “sinner” in verse 39 but because he kept the outward commands of the law he did not identify himself as a sinner. According to Romans 3:20 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”. All he could be was a sinner and if he too called out to Jesus in humility and perhaps even joined the woman in the dirt tending to Jesus’ feet we’d have a better tale to tell of him. The point is though that if you feel a lack of love for God, ask Him to reveal to you again the debt He paid for you and how incredibly costly it was.

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