2010-07-12 - The Wrong Type of Woman
"'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)
I did not think I had much in common with the sinful woman described in the Luke 7 passage, but I was wrong. She and I had different pasts, but she was a lot like me, and perhaps like the rest of us, she was seeking affirmation from the Lord.
This woman brought perfume, especially for Jesus. She wasn't going to let fear or rejection dictate her actions. She could not even look Jesus in the eyes. She couldn't bear for Him to look at her. She stood at His feet and cried, wiping the tears with her long hair. This woman anointed His feet with the fragrant oil. 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. 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 was melted away. Jesus has seen her deeds, desires, and pain - and loved her anyway. The same can be said for us, when we choose to approach Him.
It must have felt like they were the only people in the room, then someone had to open his mouth and ruin the moment. Simon spoke cruelly. Simon doubted Jesus was a prophet, since He was allowing a woman like her to touch Him. Jesus wasn't as narrow-minded as Simon, and didn't turn the woman away. He came to her aid. Because of the love she showed toward Him, Jesus forgave the woman's sins. Jesus said He forgave her. He said those uplifting words out loud, loud enough for even Simon to hear.
Jesus went on to say this woman's faith in Him had saved her, and for her to go in peace. She, like you and I, can go back to our old way of life, but then we would lose this new found peace.
I picture this woman with such heaviness, as she walked to Simon' s home, but upon leaving, she could walk with her head held high - for Jesus had healed her. This woman did not have to walk with her sins of guilt and shame. Those sins no longer had the power to judge. It was a new day in her life; the start of a new life.
Lord, I don't feel worthy to face You. 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.