One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.
There's so much in this passage. But what stood out to me the most was that the woman seemingly had experienced Jesus' forgiveness before he told her she was forgiven. There's no mention of her being told she was forgiven before she lavishly honoured Jesus. She was encountering His forgiveness in her heart before she got the word she was forgiven. Because she knew she was forgiven she washed, kissed and poured perfume over Jesus' feet.
I love that the response to her revelation of forgiveness is worship. I will never be appreciative of God’s grace in my life if I don’t know what I’ve been forgiven of.
I also love how approachable Jesus is in the story. The most Holy one in the room was also the most accessible. He is not put off by our past.
Totally, and I think that's typically where many people misunderstand our loving actions towards God — understanding why we worship Him with every area of our lives. She has so much confidence and assurance of her right standing with Jesus that she invited herself into the house of a Pharisee, into the home of those she knew would judge her in order to honour Jesus. She would have been constantly judged by the Pharisees yet she had a boldness to walk into the room and honour Jesus regardless.