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.”
I love in particular that she didn’t even necessarily know that what she was operating in was “faith.” She just had her eyes fixed on Jesus and the response was faith-filled actions. It wasn’t until the end that Jesus mentions faith to her. I wonder if my faith would increase if I got my eyes off my faith and onto Jesus.
Rather than worrying about our level of faith or how we're doing on a scale of scandalous worship, literally just fix our eyes Jesus. Like you said, that leads to faith-filled actions.
Authentic ones — with a pure and sincere heart.
All in all, I grew more appreciative of God’s grace in my life and in our world. Praying I can “love much” because I’ve been “forgiven much.”
Yes so true. It's cool with all the different interactions with Jesus — "loving much" looks different for each person yet Jesus' response is always the same: mercy, compassion, grace.
So it's not about the actions, but the heart behind them. This woman Jesus added to the narrative, showing how it looks different for all of us to approach Him with scandalous thankfulness and love. The pharisees were worried about actions, but Jesus was after her heart. Just like He's after ours.