“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many as they are, are forgiven her – because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47 Amplified
Today’s verse comes from a visit Jesus had at a Pharisee’s house while He was having dinner. A woman came up from behind him while He reclined and began pouring oil on his feet, crying and wiping His feet with her hair. The most interesting part was that she was “a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner.” Of course when the other Pharisees saw what was happening they were highly offended that Someone claiming to be a Prophet of God would allow this unclean woman to touch Him. So Jesus asks the host, Simon, a question, if there are two debtors and one owes much but the other just a little which one would be more grateful. Simon replies that he would think the one whose debt was greater would be more grateful. He then turned to the woman and said, “Your faith has saved you, go, enter into peace, in freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin.”
We who have grown up in church and have known the Lord for most of our life sometimes tend to look down on those who have lived a life of sin and its consequences. What Jesus is telling us in this story, though, is that we are all debtors and sinners, we all need forgiveness. Though we have been forgiven little we tend to not be as loving as we should be to others. Ultimately, what you have said and done is between you and God, and what I have said and done is between me and God. The important thing is that we seek God for forgiveness and wholeness. He loves all those who come to Him in true repentance, we all look the same to Him. We should love others as He does love much.