April 17, 2014

The Gratitude of GREAT Grace

The pharisee was confused by the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears. 
He didn't understand.
What's MORE?He was offended.
He was entitled.
What he brought to the table was a spotless record. A list of righteous deeds and his impressive wealth of knowledge. 
What she had to bring to the table?
Her mess.

Jesus love and forgiveness SO overwhelmed her that she was moved by gratitude. Gratitude was not a word sufficient enough to describe her emotions. She experienced the unconditional love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of a Man who was without sin and who had every moral authoritative right to hold all of her sins against her.

Pride blinds us to compassion and understanding. 
But even more blinds us to our own need of a Savior.

Both the Pharisee and the woman must kneel at Mercy's feet....but the difference between the two? The woman with all humility and nothing left to lose....nothing to impress him with ....nothing to offer but her sin and tears of gratitude is the one who understood the INCREDIBLE gift of mercy and her need of saving grace.
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