Today I would like to introduce Laura Connell from God’s Girl and am delighted to welcome her here. Please do encourage Laura by sharing your thoughts and comments.
Where I live winters are long and hard. After a snowfall, the ploughs are out, even in the middle of the night, clearing roads for the morning commute. My father never missed a day of work due to snow and I never missed school for it, either.
“Why don’t we get snow days?” I once asked my father, probably after viewing a Hollywood movie by the same title.
“We live in Canada,” was his response. “If people don’t go to work on account of snow, the economy will shut down.” Wheels have to keep turning, no room for grace.
God’s economy is different.
He allows space for mistakes and it’s not all up to you. You don’t have to atone for your sins because He’s done it already. He did it for you. And all He asks is that you sit at His feet and adore Him.
“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
Luke 7: 44-47
The woman I relate to most in the Bible is the sinful woman from Luke 7. She weeps at Jesus feet, covering them with alabaster oil and her own tears, which she then dries with her straggly hair.
Your sins are forgiven.
A Pharisee at the table where Jesus reclines is appalled that He would let such a sinful woman touch Him. The Pharisee uses the incident to question Jesus’ standing: “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Jesus explains through a parable about a moneylender who forgave one person a very large debt and another a smaller sum. “Now which of them will love Him more?” Jesus asks.
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
Of course. She who has been forgiven much loves much and she who has been forgiven little loves little.
I am that woman on the floor at Jesus feet. Maybe you are, too.
Who were you before Jesus rescued you?
Those who have not been forgiven much may be guilty of their faith being something based on routine rather than relationship. They recite prayers by rote. They see Church as an obligation. They fit Jesus into their curriculum rather than making Him the center of their lives.
They do not know what we know which is that we are nothing without Him.
My prayers are desperate as I thank Him for His unspeakable gift. If it weren’t for Him I would not be here. I don’t mean in the figurative sense. I mean I would not be alive today if not for Him.
He has forgiven me for the unforgivable:
Your sins are forgiven.
Before I met the Lord I lived by the ways of the world. I had a heart of stone. Any good that came from me arose out of a desire to be liked or recognized.
“Man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
And then after a lifetime of sin came rescue. I thought I was beyond redemption but He knew different.
He gave me a new heart and put a new spirit in me replacing my heart of stone with a heart of flesh.
Come as you are, He said, and I will make you new.
I knew nothing about theology. Nothing about why Christ died on the cross. Yet He had pursued me my whole life.
He began to speak to me through His Word and I saw who He really was. He loved me and He wanted me all to Himself.
When I first became a Christian I felt guilty over the unfairness of God loving me as much as someone who had served Him all her life. I was confused as to why such a person wouldn’t scream “that’s not fair!”
I did not know God’s economy. That all you have to do to show you are forgiven is love Him.
Laura Connell is devoted mom to two beautiful girls and certified Girls Circle facilitator. She’s created God’s Girl to help girls and women improve their confidence through God’s Word and a relationship with Christ.
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