We love much when loved much
Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:43-48
Before you think that you have done something that makes you unqualified to receive God’s grace, think again. Your case is not hopeless. This is what our text is teaching. Peter is asking Jesus why He allowed a woman of bad refute to break an expensive jar of perfume and allow her to anoint the feet of Jesus with the expensive perfume. It was the woman’s gratefulness to Jesus’ forgiveness of her sin that she responded the way she was described from the text. Her actions were consistent to those who are grateful because they received His grace. This is what God does for those who are willing to come to Him with repentant hearts; He gives them forgiveness. The Bible is filled with examples of men and women whom God used in spite of their past. Abraham who was called the “father of all nations” and "the friend of God" was once a worshiper of idols. Joseph who was imprisoned, yet later became prime minister of Egypt. Rahab was a prostitute in the streets of Jericho but was later used in such a mighty way that her name was included in Jesus’ genealogy (see Matthew 1). Jonah and John Mark were missionaries who ran away when they realized how difficult God’s command was. Then later on when they recognized their disobedience, God used them mightily. Peter openly denied the Lord then repented only to return and become one of God's unwavering disciples early years of the infant church. Paul was so vicious in his early life the disciples and apostles refused to believe he'd actually become a Christian, but on the Damascus Road God confronted him and repented, you know how greatly God used him. This is what God’s grace could do. Though filled with guilt yet when we become repentant of our past, God forgives. How deep, precious, and wide is God's love! When forgiven, just like the woman from the text, let us respond by loving Him back.