“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went down into the Pharisee’s house, and sat to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.
And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me there-fore, which of them will love him he most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him,
Thou hast rightly judged.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon,
Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
And he said unto her,
Thy sins are forgiven.
And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is he that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman,
Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” Luke 7 v36-50 AKJV
Today, may we understand more of our own faith. Stress is a word that seemed to develop more into our culture in the past generation than ever before. This woman turned to Jesus, brought her cares to him, and then was free to express her love for what Christ had done for her in the best way that she had. Others looking on saw this as unusual, but for her, it was a desire to serve Christ. In turn, he upheld her in her love for him and confirmed to her that “faith had saved her”. Lord, I thank you for this day and may I always be thankful for what you have done for me, and my family. Amen
At the end of the day. The woman had a passion to share her knowledge of what Jesus had done for her with him. The tears, the washing of his feet, the kiss to his feet, all seems to show great love that came from her soul in giving thanks and praise to what the Lord had done for her.
Anything, anything we do that we have a passion to do will show up in our actions. What others think will not hinder us from being our best when it is driven by passionate knowledge of what we have experienced. There likely will also be those who question the motives, but those questions will not make a difference to the one driven to be who they know they are. This is at work, at home, at school, etc… Amen-