Love and Forgiveness

The Scene: A woman dumps oil on Jesus’ feet. Observers object. Jesus pontificates.

“Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”

First, allow me to point out that once again love is the “act” that Jesus responds to and he does not mention faith until verse 50, showing that her faith was real because her love was evident. (The past week or so I’ve been developing this theme, so if you have questions about what I mean, read on.)

Second, notice that the order seems reversed:

Her sins are forgiven BECAUSE she loved much
One loveth little BECAUSE little is forgiven.

Hmm. What maketh thee of this?

2 thoughts on “Love and Forgiveness”

  1. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” – Eph. 2: 4-5

    The way I understand God’s grace is as a life-preserver, God throws it towards us, saying take a-hold and cling to it as I pull you towards truth (safety). Our part is to reach out and grab hold, and trust in the One who has tossed us hope. Or we can turn away and continue down the river (sin) thinking we can save ourselves. Our response to His Love and grace, should be love first and foremost, I would say faith is a by-product of our love for Him.

  2. One possible explanation for this apparent contradiction would be to consider whom Jesus was speaking with.

    In Simon’s eyes, Mary was a sinner, and he couldn’t understand why Jesus permitted this unclean woman to minister to Him.

    When Jesus addressed Simon with the story about the men who were forgiven debts, Simon began to see a contrast between his own meagre response to Christ’s love, and Mary’s over-abounding response.

    Therefore, when Jesus said “her sins are forgiven because she loved much” He was addressing the issue as it appeared in Simon’s eyes: Simon thought she was still a sinner, but this beautiful act of gratitude should have convinced him to look upon her as forgiven. It was evidence that should have convinced Simon (and convicted him of his own lack of appreciation of Christ).

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