Every time we read a Bible story, there is something new that can impact us. Luke 7:36-50, a story about a dinner party, is no exception.
One of the characters in this passage is an unnamed woman, who was popularly unpopular. Well-known for all the wrong reasons, the court of public opinion didn’t have much to say in kindness to this woman. Regardless, she found herself at a Pharisee’s dinner party one evening, after hearing that Jesus was to be a guest.
She didn’t go for the meal or looking to cause a stir. She had one intention that evening.
To thank Jesus, personally.
As Jesus was eating and mingling with the other guests, she knelt behind him, at his feet. Though tears pour out through her eyes, the emotion came from deep within her soul. She didn’t just sprinkle Jesus’ feet; they were wet enough to require wiping.
Continuing her personal act of gratitude, the woman used her hair to wipe his feet. Then she poured expensive perfume all over them.
The snickering and whispering may have started when she was noticed, but Jesus spoke up. Though addressing Simon’s thoughts, Jesus used this moment to affirm this woman. He reassured her that her act of love and gratitude had not gone unnoticed by Him.
She was able to persist in what she was doing because she was forgiven by Jesus.
There is a confidence that we can have when we accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers and believe that our slates are wiped clean. The forgiveness that Christ offers is thorough. He forgives and promptly erases it from our record.
The forgiveness that Christ offers us in 2018 is just as thorough as it was for that woman. When we ask for forgiveness, He forgives and promptly erases it from our record.
Sadly, the people around us don’t choose to forget as easily as Christ does. There are also consequences that will be unavoidable at times. We may continue to hear snickering and whispering anytime we enter a room. These realities are temptations from the enemy to stop us from believing God’s truth about us.
This is another great reason why we need to give prayer and the study of God’s Word priority in our lives. We need His truth to become well-rooted in our hearts and minds. God will help us to discern His loving voice through the distractive cacophony and cling to His truth.