Pressing Through Emotional Pain

I have always loved this story in Luke 7:36-50. The woman was characterized as a sinner. Commentators say that she was a prostitute. I cannot imagine her emotional pain. Yet, when she knew that Jesus was in the house, she didn’t let her shameful past stop her from serving Him.

Verse 37-38 says, “…she…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.”

Verse 47 says, “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.”

We are to forgive AS we have been forgiven. A non-forgiving heart reveals one that is deficient in love, and wholehearted worship. We are forgiven all of our sins because Jesus loves us much. He laid down His life for us. He bore the wrath of His Father because of our sins.

I encourage you to live in the present truth that you are so loved. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you. You can still worship from a wounded heart. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” May our lives be characterized by a worshipping heart.

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