“‘A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.’…‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair…I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.’” Luke 7:41-47
“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Those of us in Christ have been forgiven much. We are not forgiven because we made ourselves good enough to come to Him. We did not muster faith on our own. We did not choose to love God and therefore earn His mercy. No, He loved us first. With a great love. One that is steadfast and filled with His might. He is the author of our faith, and stands as its perfecter. He chose us and opens our eyes to truth—the dark, selfish, prideful evil that lies in our heart; and the power of His abundant, transforming grace when we come to Him.
We are shown so much grace. In Christ, we know mercies that are new each morning. We know faithfulness that is everlasting. We have a God, a Heavenly Father, who is our Constant, our Rock, the One who will never fail us. We know forgiveness that is complete and all-encompassing, and we are cleansed from all unrighteousness. All of this because of the powerful, great love with which the God of Heaven loves us.
Lord, open our eyes to see the depth of our sin so that we can see more clearly the glory of Your grace. Grow in our hearts a love for You that surpasses our love for anything and anyone else. Stir within us a love for Your Word, Your truth, and Your glory that is ever-increasing. Our sins are many. And in Your cross, they are all forgiven. Give us a greater understanding of this truth…give me a greater understanding of this truth…Lord, may my love for You be so evident that I am one of whom You say “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.”
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Colossians 2:13-15