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Unable to Repay?

Luke 7:41-42 A certain money lender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other f

Jesus asked this question of Simon the Pharisee. Simon had invited Jesus to his home to share a meal with him and his other guests. During the meal, a lady from the city the Bible identifies as a sinner, entered in, and to the dismay of Simon and his guests, began to wet Jesus’ feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. She also kept kissing his feet as she anointed them with a sweet fragrant perfume she poured over them from an alabaster vial in her possession.

By the Eastern custom of hospitality, Simon would have normally given Jesus the kiss of peace, poured water over his dusty feet, and bestowed a drop of perfume on his head or burned a pinch of incense upon his arrival, but he did not do any of these things.

Where do you find yourself in this event? Read the entire story in Luke 7:36-50 noting in particular verse 47. Jesus went on to ask Simon which of the two debtors will love his lender more? Simon answered, I suppose the one whom he forgave more, and Jesus said he had answered correctly.

Often we spend our days seeking to repay God by good works rather than accepting His unconditional love, His grace freely offered through the work of His Son, who paid our sin debt in full upon the Cross. For she loved much!
Pastor Louie