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The sinful woman could easily be identified as a risk taker. Think about it: She knew she was a sinner. Everyone around her knew she was a sinner. And yet she audaciously entered the home of a religious Pharisee knowing she would likely be mocked, criticized, condemned or judged in that environment. She was willing to risk everything for an encounter with Him. Scripture tells us she fell humbly at His feet, demonstrating her love and her need for forgiveness by wiping, kissing, and pouring expensive perfume on His feet.
The Pharisee, on the other hand, demonstrated a heart of apathy and indifference.
To follow up from yesterday, who did you identify yourself with, Simon the Pharisee or the sinful woman?
If your heart is like that of the sinful woman and today you are overwhelmed with the love and forgiveness of Jesus, spend a few minutes meditating and worshiping God through the following Psalm:
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
Questions and Reflection
If your heart is like that of Simon the Pharisee and you are struggling with your affection for Jesus, consider spending a few minutes to identify the area(s) of disconnect. Spend some time today assessing your heart using the following questions to guide your thoughts.
- Do you delight in someone else more than you delight in the Lord?
- Does your soul long for times of fellowship in God’s Word or prayer?
- Do you make excuses for doing things that displease the Lord?
- Do you willingly and cheerfully give to God’s work or to the needs of others?
- Do you view Christ’s commands as restrictions to your happiness rather than expressions of His love?
- Do you strive for affirmation from the world rather than approval from the Lord?
- Do you become complacent toward sinful conditions around you?
After meditating on the above questions, did the Holy Spirit convict you of anything? Is He tugging at your heart in any way? Take a few moments to write down what you are discovering about your heart and tomorrow we will look at some actions you can take to rediscover your gratitude for Jesus’ work on your behalf.