The God of Love (13 June 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Have you noticed this woman? When I came into your home, you didn’t give me any water so I could wash my feet. But she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn’t even pour olive oil on my head, but she has poured expensive perfume on my feet. So I tell you that all her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love. But anyone who has been forgiven for only a little will show only a little love.”

Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Some other guests started saying to one another, “Who is this who dares to forgive sins?”

But Jesus told the woman, “Because of your faith, you are now saved. May God give you peace!”

(Luke 7.44-50)

Reflect:

Jesus asks Simon (a Pharisee) if he has ‘seen’ this woman – not as an object or as a sinful person with a questionable profession and background, but as a woman, someone loved and now forgiven by God. She is indeed sinful, perhaps with many sins, but she is not beyond the love and grace of God. Certainly the woman ‘sees Jesus’ and recognises who he is. Her heart is broken with gratitude and love.

Respond:

Allow yourself to be loved by God today. We may be able to  find all sorts of reasons why God shouldn’t love us. But sense his love and unconditional grace towards you today and enjoy his company.

Midday Meditation:

For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.”

(Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel)

Evening Reflection:

God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him. God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other.

(1 John 4.8-11)

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