WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
Luk 7:40 So Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Teacher.”
Luk 7:41 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Luk 7:42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Luk 7:43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt cancelled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Luk 7:44 Then, turning toward 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 has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
Luk 7: 45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet.
Luk 7: 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil.
Luk 7: 47 So, I am telling you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, she loved greatly because of this; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.”
Luk 7: 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luk 7:49 But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
Luk 7: 50 He said to the woman, “Your faith has rescued you; go in peace.”
the secret of Christian love
Christian love has rescued the dying, built hospitals, transformed nations. And the secret to this great power: forgiveness. Those who realise the greatness of God’s grace toward them will seek to show that grace to others. They will be extravagant givers, and bring love where it is needed.
But without the forgiveness offered because of the cross, the love will not be there, no matter who rules, no matter who makes the laws. Love can not be created by political action. It begins not on Capitol Hill, but Calvary’s hill. The secret of Christian love is forgiveness.
LORD, thank you for the capacity to forgive — bought by the blood.