Last week, we studied the parable of the two debtors.We see in Luke 7:44-48 (NIV) that after telling the parable, Jesus begins to speak about the woman who had washed His feet.
We know from the other Gospels that this was Mary. “Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Mary had sin in her life and Jesus forgave her. Jesus also gave Mary acceptance. Jesus accepted Mary for who she was. This is because Jesus accepts us and loves us for who we are.
Jesus went to the cross so that we can have forgiveness. In this passage, Jesus also demonstrates that He accepts us. We need to live in God’s forgiveness, and we need to forgive others. This includes our family, our friends, our coworkers, and even ourselves.
One of my daily habits is to read the “The Power of a Praying Parent” calendar by Stormie Omartian. Recently I read: “I’m convinced it’s never too soon to start praying for a child to feel loved and accepted – first by God, then by family, then by peers and others.”
Stormie Omartian tells us to pray for our children so that they can understand that God accepts them unconditionally but let’s not stop there. Is there someone in your life that needs acceptance or maybe even forgiveness? Take the opportunity to love them, forgive them, pray for them, and accept them.
Jesus accepted Mary for who she was, and we can do the same. We can accept each other, and we can even accept ourselves. It’s also okay to love yourself for who you are.
God Bless and we love you.
Pastors Willie and Rochelle McIntosh
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