The Morally Unacceptable
“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.” Luke 7:39
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When 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 and 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. (Luke 7:36-38)
Most Christians have a hard time separating the sin and the sinner. Jesus did not; He didn’t make the distinction between outward sins and the less visible sins of the heart. The problem was, the religious didn’t see themselves as Jesus saw them. Jesus lumped them all in the same category as the woman — sinners that needed to be sanctified. They thought that God’s love had to be earned not received. They still, after all of the Jewish past, didn’t understand that it was impossible to please God. There was nothing they could do or be that would make them OK. They were born sinners. By God’s grace the woman came from a frame of mind that she couldn’t do it and that Jesus would accept her sins and all.
Satan is well aware of our cause and effect mentality. When we are filled with God’s Spirit and not in a broken fellowship with Him, we become freed from the bondage of trying to be good enough.
Thank you Father for the freedom and the peace that passes all understanding, that understanding is that you just love us, plain and simple.