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February 4th

Jesus is all about reaching people that have no relationship with God.

"Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "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. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. And Jesus said to her - "Your sins are forgiven." Luke 7: 44-48

I you read this story in Luke 7: Jesus has gone into the house of a Pharisee's home and there is a party going on. A sinner woman comes and opens the flask of ointment and begins to weep in the presence of Jesus, and then kneels at his feet and begins to wipe his feet with her hair and pours the ointment on his feet. And the religious people get angry about what Jesus has allowed this woman to do to him. According to the religious law - this was forbidden.

Jesus looks to the woman and said to Simon: "I came into your house and you did not even give me water to wash my feet. Which was the custom when you entered someone's home to wash the dirt off your feet, and not to carry it into someone's home.

Jesus says that woman has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Simon you did not kiss me, but from the time I came in this woman has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with the ointment that she brought.

What is the difference? What does this have to do with us?

Jesus says something to everyone of us: "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she LOVED MUCH. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."

Jesus clearly tells us that our spiritual lives, worship, prayer, giving our serving all comes down to love for Jesus. When we first got saved, we appreciated Jesus to a whole different level. We worshipped out of love, we prayed out of love, we went to church out of love, we read the Bible out of love, we served out of love, we gave out of our love for the Lord. The grace that the Lord showed us was so appreciated.

But what happens the longer we are saved, serve the Lord? Do we not appreciate where the Lord has brought us from? Do we forget our past? Do we settle for just going through the motions, rituals, exercise of being a Christian but have we lost our love for Jesus?

Lord, I pray that I will never take You for granted or my relationship with You for granted! Lord, help me to realize that He that has been forgiven much, loves much!

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