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Luke 7:47

Posted 11/23/21, by Dan Vis

I'm sure it wasn't always easy being around Jesus, as He had a way of cutting right through the various facades we build up, and going straight to the heart of the matter--that must have made many feel uncomfortable.

Take for instance the experience of a Pharisee named Simon who threw a banquet for Jesus. When a woman of questionable background came in and began washing the feet of Jesus with her tears, kissing them, drying them with her hair, and finally anointing them with perfume--that Pharisee started to wonder about Jesus.

So Jesus decided to address Him: "Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee". And then a parable about two debtors. And a question about who would most love the man who frankly forgave them both. And the right answer--the one forgiven most.

And then today's verse:

Luke 7:47
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

It doesn't mention the word thankfulness directly, but clearly the idea is there, isn't it? Clearly this woman was incredibly thankful because of what Jesus had done to redeem her to a more beautiful life. And that gratitude drove her to love Jesus deeply, and ultimately compelled her to serve Him in the way she did.

But Simon didn't sense all that much need for a Savior. He didn't really grasp his true condition, didn't long for forgiveness, and as a result didn't have much love for Jesus, and even less desire to humble himself and serve Jesus. To quote Jesus: "To whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little".

I'm sure an awkward silence settled over the room. In fact, the dinner party likely came to a screeching halt afterwards. The chapter sure ends pretty abruptly!

Regardless, there is a principle here. The more we sense our need, and more specifically, the magnitude of Christ's forgiveness so freely given to us--the more thankfulness that will awaken. And with it, a love for Jesus, and a desire for serve Him. We'll gladly make any sacrifice, to please Him, and advance His cause. Won't we?

Take a moment to reflect on your thankfulness. Is it truly creating a deep love for Christ? Does it compel you to sacrifice for His cause? Or is more like Simon's? Formal and courteous, but not much more.

If the latter, it may be appropriate to take some time to really review the real story of the cross. Our true condition. Our nature. The cost of our forgiveness. The magnitude of what Christ went through...

Only then will gratitude begin to spring up indeed in our heart. The thankfulness we all need to live by.

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Posted by Dan Vis on 11/25/21
Righto, righto Qing. (I did slightly tweak the memo to better reflect this important point!).

I also appreciate your question in paragraph two and observation in paragraph three. These are BOTH really big points. Good post! :)
Posted by Qing Ling on 11/24/21
Great point about how Simon may not have felt like he needed a Saviour - except he DID need a Saviour, he just wasn't aware of it.
And the first step to solving a problem is to become AWARE of it, right?

Makes me wonder how many of us FEEL the need for a Saviour. It's not a fun feeling, but the sorrow leads to repentance, which ultimately leads to reconciliation.

What I've found in being forgiven much, is that we also develop more compassion for others who sin much. Which is another thing to be grateful for - that our repentance grows our compassion.

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