I was reading in Luke 7, and I came across a familiar section of verses. I knew before I read it what the story was about, but thank God I read it again.
A sinful woman, whose sin was apparently known, dared to enter a Pharisee’s house—just because she heard that Jesus was there. Not only did she overstep by coming in the house, but she dared to come close to Jesus…to pour worship on Him.
We are familiar with the conversation that Jesus consequentially had with the Pharisee. We are accustomed to sympathizing with the woman as Jesus held her love for Him in high honor. He even went as far as forgiving her of her many sins right in front of the righteous crowd!
Okay, so how often do we read or hear that story and place ourselves in her position? We know how filthy we were—and how filthy we would still be—without the blood of Jesus. It is amazing to think of how those who have been forgiven much love much. We can testify to others of how much we love Him, because we can remember the pit He pulled us out of.
Have you ever ventured to see yourself as the Pharisee here? Has it ever crossed your mind as you see someone worship the Lord at church, that you know how they live…that you can’t believe they would sin and then dare to come to church?
There are those whose sin is known to us, yet they become brave enough to enter the house. They may even go so far as to try and get near Jesus, to pour out worship on Him. How dare we even look at them, only thinking of their sin. How dare we ponder to ourselves that they need to learn how to live right before they can worship Him like us. It’s none of our business! Our condemning eyes cannot save them, but His love can...and will.
Please forgive us, Lord, if we are the ones who place a stumbling block in front of others trying to get to You. You said that those who are forgiven much love much. Her love covered a multitude of sins. Baptize us with love, O God, to the point that our judgments and criticisms drown in it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Peter 4:8