Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little. Luke 7:47
Why John 12:3ff did Mary pour her jar of perfume on Jesus’ feet? Why did she ‘waste’ her wealth? Why did she risk her reputation by letting down her hair before men not her husband, the act of a prostitute? Why did she love Him so much?
Mary was a sinner, just like us. Were her sins great or small in the eyes of men? In her own eyes? I don’t know. (These two scriptures seem to record two different incidents, two different women.) Men grade sins—I only took a fountain pen at work; you embezzled thousands of dollars—but in God’s sight, sin is sin. He is the Judge; to His holy eyes, any spot of black, any shade of grey, against the white of perfection spoils the whole garment.
Who among us has not been forgiven much?
Just so, he who is given much—and realizes it—loves more.
Jesus had given her much—her brother back from death, forgiveness for her own sins. But who among us has been given less? Who among us—I’m speaking to believers here—has not been forgiven, raised from the grave, given abundant life?
Avi, thank You for the priceless treasure You’ve poured out on me. Help me to love You more. In Your holy name, Amen.