2009-04-20 - A Bold Personality
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - "for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." (Luke 7:47)
The woman in the above Bible story was determined to approach Jesus. She wasn't going to let fear of rejection dictate her actions. She couldn't even look Jesus in the eyes, nor could the woman bear for Him to look at her.
She stood at His feet and cried, wiping the tears with her long hair. This woman brought along some fragrant oil and anointed Jesus' feet. For the first time, it didn't matter if others saw her vulnerable state. It only mattered that Jesus could help her.
Technically she was washing and anointing His feet, but Jesus was also cleansing her, from the inside out. Jesus told her, "Your sins are forgiven." (verse 48) It wasn't so much the words Jesus said, although they were powerful, as the feeling that came over her once He spoke the words. It was as if her former self melted away. Jesus has seen His child's deeds, desires, and pain - and loved her anyway.
Jesus also told the woman her faith in Him had saved her, and to go in peace. She could have peace, a concept perhaps she never thought she would have the luxury to receive. The woman could turn her life around. She could go back to her old way of life, but then she would lose this newfound peace. It was her new prized possession, and she wasn't going to lose it now.
The woman no longer had to walk with her sins of guilt and shame. Those sins no longer have the power to judge. That day was a new day in her life, the start of a new life.
Lord, I don't feel worthy to face You. I hear a lot about what not to do, and it's helpful to know where You stand on certain issues, but how can I stop sinning? Will I ever be able to look at myself the same? Will You? I know the answer is yes, but it seems impossible. Please bring that impossibility into my own life. I want to live for You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.