Forget the Duck [Part 3]
By Alan Wright — October 24, 2017
Are you ready for some good news?
God hasn’t only forgiven your sin, He has reckoned as if you never did anything wrong.
Today’s Text: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”” (Luke 7:48, ESV)
We’re learning from the beautiful narrative of a “sinful” woman anointing Jesus’ feet with her tears and her precious ointment. The Pharisees are quick to scorn not only the woman for her sin but also Jesus for His willingness to be touched by the sinner. But Jesus responds with riveting words: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”” (Luke 7:47–49, ESV)
Most parents, bosses, teachers and preachers think it best to let people know they are forgiven only in part. Worried parents tend to withhold some of their acceptance of their kids for fear that the kids won’t try as hard if they are lavished with unconditional love. Preachers often tell the gospel to a point and then back off for fear that they’ll grant parishioners the dreaded “license to sin.”
But withholding any measure of love, acceptance or forgiveness never empowers an offender to sin less. In fact, conditional love arouses sin because it incites anxiety. When we are weary from trying and worried about failing, we’re at our worst.
Jesus links the most important commandment (loving God with all your heart) to comprehending how much you have been forgiven. The more that you know that you’ve been forgiven by God, the more you love God.
No one falls in love with God and lets go of his life of sin because he’s unsure of God’s forgiveness. Slaves work hard for masters but they don’t love their abusers. Here’s what God does: He forgives you lavishly and invites you to spend your whole life mesmerized by grace so rich that it can pay even the deepest debt. The more you know yourself forgiven, the more you’ll love God. If you are having a hard time loving God and letting go of lesser gods, think much of the cross. He who has been forgiven much loves much.
And that’s the gospel!