Daily Devotion Monday, October 14

Monday, October 14, 2103 – Psalm 79; Jeremiah 36:1-10; Acts 14:8-18 and Luke 7:36-50

Psalm 79 – Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name’s sake.

Luke 7:36-50 – 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him — that she is a sinner.”

40Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.”

41“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.”

And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

44Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” 48Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

 50And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

One of my basic beliefs and the basic beliefs of the church is that all of us have fallen short, very short, of God’s glory. We’ve committed many sins. All of us are justly deserving of God’s displeasure. Oh, in our eyes our sins may not be as big as others, but in God’s eyes sin is sin, brokenness is brokenness. It’s easy to judge others of their sins. What is sometimes hard is to see our own. Yet, as I say that I think of someone I know well who often says, “Dennis, the time for silent prayers of confess is often too short. I’m just getting started and it’s over.” He is one who understands how great God’s love is for us for all his sins are forgiven. At least I hope he knows that.

In the gospel reading today, I do end up identifying more with Simon the Pharisee. At times I find myself judging others as having sinned more or greater than I.  Shame, shame on me.

Today, my friends I want us all to hear Jesus’ final words unto the woman; “your sins are forgiven. …. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Even though our sins are many, they can be forgiven as we confess our sinfulness, repent of our sin and trust in Christ.

Today, live as a forgiven child of God and go about your day in peace.

O Jesus, may your words to the woman today hang with us. May we like her know how great it is to have all our sins forgiven and to be given peace. May we not judge others, but if we do may you reveal this sin to us and help us ask forgiveness, repent and trust in you. Amen.

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