A Pharisee and a Prostitute

Sunday, Dec. 28

Paul’s response to mercy and grace reminds me of the account of Jesus eating in the house of a Pharisee, Simon (Lk. 7:36-48). While there a woman came in and washed Jesus’ feet and poured expensive perfume on Him. Simon was not too pleased with this so Jesus told a parable about two men who were forgiven of their debts, one for 500 denarii and one for 50 denarii. He asked Simon which one will love the more? The answer was obvious. The woman evidently had been a prostitute, and obviously loved the Lord. She loved much because she had been forgiven much. I think Paul was in the same category. He could not express his gratitude enough. What an example for us to follow! Why is it that I tend to think of myself as a little more deserving of grace than anyone else? P.S. You might note that Jesus was eating with a Pharisee. As usual, He was about His Father’s business. He not only had an impact on Simon, but on the woman—and the disciples that witnessed it all.

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