Do I realize just how much God has forgiven me and saved me from eternal condemnation?
36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner." 40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. 41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. 44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." 48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" 50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
INSIGHT: This passage absolutely destroys most of the “religious” and “church” thinking of today. A wicked sinner has just been loved and justified by Christ, apart from any and all religious rituals, denominational affiliations, traditions, sinner’s prayers, altar calls, raised hands, etc. As far as we can tell, she didn’t even confess or ask for forgiveness with her words. But she didn’t have to because her actions are screaming, “I am convicted of my sin Jesus, and I have seen that you forgive others like me, and I know that you are the Savior. I am turning from my sin, to you, because I need your forgiveness, and I love you for doing this for me.”
Have a weak desire to obey God?
If you are having an obedience problem, you have a love problem. If you are having a love problem, you have a forgiveness problem. If you are having a forgiveness problem, you have a repentance problem. If you are having a repentance problem, you have a fear of God problem. If you are having a fear of God problem, you have a false teaching or ignorance of God’s word problem. To solve all of these problems, proceed immediately to start reading the entire book of Revelation. I have discovered what the mysterious blessing is that it says comes on all who read it (Rev 1:3). The fear of God is that blessing, which leads to ALL other blessings. Don’t believe me? Then just watch all the resistance and distraction that comes from the devil when you commit to even trying to do this.