I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. Verse 47 (NIV)
Do you remember the popular song with a catchy tune called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Its bright melody and simple message could almost convince you that brushing all your worries under a rug and forcing a smile could fill you with happiness.
But we know that true happiness doesn’t work like that. Instead happiness rides on the heels of gratitude. Gratitude is always a response. Gratitude does not depend on ignoring what’s going on in our lives, but in choosing to see and accept the deepest reality about our existence. Jesus’ encounter with the woman “who lived a sinful life” demonstrates this beautifully. The Pharisee had swept all of his sins under the rug of self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. He chose to ignore the truth of his own brokenness and his deep need for forgiveness. His ingratitude produced a toxic bitterness that caused him to completely miss the fact that the Saviour of the world and of his soul was standing right in front of him. He had no gratitude because he believed Jesus could do nothing for him.
The woman didn’t miss the opportunity afforded her. There could be no sweeping of sins under the rug for her. Everyone seemed to know about them anyway. So, openly acknowledging her brokenness and receiving the forgiveness Jesus offers, her heart, her tears, and her hands poured out her gratitude.
Have you ever looked under your rug? Jesus is not here to condemn us but is looking to forgive us. Let’s bring out the sin, acknowledge it, and accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers. Let’s show our gratitude. What an amazing Saviour.
Lord, may we overflow with gratitude for your forgiveness of all our sins. In your name, Amen.