Thursday, September 19, 2013

Naked before Him

"For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. It is the man who is forgiven little who shows little love."

Jesus is at a Pharisee's house for a meal when a woman "who had a bad name" attends to Him with tears and acts of love.  The Pharisee is indignant but Jesus defends her by highlighting what her great acts of love reveal... faith in the one who has forgiven her and set her free in peace.

This is such a beautiful story .  The woman is transparent about her sinfulness and is set free.  The Pharisee is obscure about his sins and remains bound up in them.  The Gospels are full of stories like this.  Those who are open about heir brokenness Jesus is able to heal.  Those who hide behind pride, judgement and legalism distance themselves from Jesus and remain prisoners.

What areas of sin do I need to be transparent with Jesus?  It's time for Confession...

Jesus, you know the Pharisee within me that is bound up in pride.  Help me crucify him and come before for You naked and in hope.  Jesus I trust in You.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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