Jesus is compassionate and tender. I was reading Luke this morning and came across this wonderful story of Christ’s sweet mercies toward a woman:
Then one of the Pharisees invited Him to eat with him. He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster jar of fragrant oil and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him — she’s a sinner! ” Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he said, “say it.” “A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more? ” Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.” “You have judged correctly,” He told him. Turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. You didn’t anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Those who were at the table with Him began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins? ” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50 HCSB)
Who knew what this woman had done before this moment of surrender and brokenness before her Holy Savior, but we know whatever her lifestyle, it earned her a bad reputation and made her infamous. Maybe she was an adulteress, or a prostitute. Yet, despite her shameful past, Jesus allows her to smother his feet with kisses and tears.
The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:18)
No matter how dirty our choices, when they bring us to our knees in surrender before the Son of God, He can forgive us and heal us. He will not turn away from a truly repentant person.
Maybe you believe in Jesus, but your relationship with Him has been stifled because of a secret shame. You think deep down He can’t forgive you, or you’re ashamed to approach His Holy splendor. I pray this story stirs faith in you that Christ does want to forgive and heal you. He knows what you’ve done, and if you’ve repented of that, or are now making the decision to repent of that, He will wash you clean, but you must let Him. You must trust that His love is greater than your sin. He asked His Father to forgive those who were mocking Him while He hung on the cross. Trust me, He wants you to be forgiven as well.
Once you stop hiding, and just come spiritually naked before your Savior, you will be amazed at His open arms and healing power that’s been waiting for you. I had a past I’m ashamed of, but on February 22nd, 2009, I walked away from that past and surrendered my heart to Jesus. Like this woman, I was broken, weeping on my bed, swallowed up with deep pain. But I came to Jesus and He healed me. It only took six days for His love to restore and redeem me. I was filled with a joy I had never known, and I want you to experience the same.
Make the choice to give it all to Jesus now, and watch what He does.
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