Second chances

This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.” ~Luke 7:44 (CEB)

When I read this story of the woman who sits at Jesus’ feet washing them with her tears and drying them with her hair I often find myself asking, “Is it true? Does it take devastating moments in our lives to feel much love for Christ?”

While the woman is washing Jesus’ feet He begins to tell a story about a certain lender who had two debtors that owed him money. One owed enough money to pay five hundred people for a day’s work. The other owed enough money for fifty. When they couldn’t pay, the lender forgave the debts of them both. Then Jesus asked, “Which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the largest debt canceled.” “You are right,” Jesus says. (Luke 7:44-43)

Hmm, when you put it in terms of money it seems to make it clearer. It is obvious in Jesus’ illustration that the one whose debt was larger would be more thankful. So often it takes us hitting bottom (sinning much/getting into great debt) before we can realize how great our God is. God is a God of second chances. When we have much to be forgiven we are more grateful for those second chances.

Heavenly Father, please help me to grab hold of my second chances and make them stick. Amen.

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