From the Pastor’s Pen
[Jesus asked], “Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered,
“I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” ~Luke 7:42-43
John Steinbeck once wrote, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” I love the month of June. It is a month filled with warmer weather before the heat of the summer really descends upon us. It still has many cool nights but the length of light within our days grows. This month becomes sweeter as we trudge out of winter, through spring, into the beginning of summer.
As I was reading through the story of the sinful woman anointing Jesus’ feet with her tears found in Luke 7:36-50, I was thinking about the movement through our seasons, not just in weather but in life. We relish the movements through our seasons as we compare the coldness of winter to the sweetness of summer. The notes on this passage contrasts both the pharisee in this story and the woman. “This particular Pharisee has no sense of having been forgiven, so he has no sense of gratitude to Jesus; the woman feels unworthy, so when she receives forgiveness, she has a profound sense of gratitude to Jesus.”
Jesus is always in the forgiveness season it is up to us to recognize our sinfulness and foster a profound sense of gratitude to Jesus for the forgiveness we have been given. Never think you are better than the next sinful person as the Pharisee demonstrated. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When we recognize the coldness of our sin and compare it to the sweetness of living our lives for God then we can truly live the peace Jesus offers to us and to the grateful woman. Allow the light of the Spirit to grow within your life as it is doing within our days and relish the love of God growing from that light.
Go out and smell the roses, enjoy the sunshine, feel the warmth of the day, always basking in the forgiveness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, not just in the month of June but always.
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