Over the next couple of weeks I am posting a number of excerpts from the Good Book Company’s new booklet Experiencing God: Finding true passion, joy, peace and rest in Christ. The second study focuses on Experiencing Love and relates to Luke 7 v36-50.
The Big Idea
A deeper understanding of God’s grace to us in Christ produces love in our hearts for God and other people
Jesus is a guest at the house of a Pharisee named Simon, when a notoriously sinful woman bursts in to anoint Jesus’ feet. Simon interprets the response of Jesus to the woman as a sign that Jesus is not a prophet, since He does not seem to recognise her background. But Jesus sees the heart of the woman and the heart of Simon. In the heart of the woman He sees genuine love arising from her understanding of God’s grace in Jesus. In Simon He sees little love because Simon has little sense of his need and therefore little sense of God’s mercy. The message of Jesus is that a deeper understanding of God’s grace to us in Christ produces an experience of love in our hearts. Our love – or our lack of love – reveals our understanding of God’s grace. “Her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little” (v47).