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.
There is hope, then, for those of us whose sins are many, for we can also be forgiven. Let us put away our pride and push through the shame and simply break open the alabaster box of repentance at Jesus’ feet. Because no matter how much we’ve sinned, His grace is sufficient. Sometimes our scars scream loudly at us, “mistake, failure, sinner.” But Jesus is there whispering in our ears, “I love you. You’re forgiven. You’re Mine.” And when we pass through that sorrow and feel His touch upon our hearts, we can go away in the freedom of forgiveness.
Jesus did not sugarcoat the truth of this woman’s life. She had lived a life of sin, accumulating quite a debt. She had done wrong over and over again and lived unrighteously. Jesus does not excuse that fact, but He does have mercy upon her. And in our lives, we cannot make excuses or pass the blame or lessen the seriousness of sin. But when we are willing to call it what it is, admit what we’ve done, and bring it before the Lord, we can experience that same refreshing, restoring mercy for ourselves.
There is no such thing as too much sin. The Bible says that if we are guilty in one point, we’re guilty of all, and God doesn’t divide sins into categories that make one more acceptable than another. It is all just a big black stain that needs His cure. So no matter what we’ve done, where we’ve been, or who we’ve been, we can find fresh mercy in Christ. This woman said nothing and asked for nothing, and yet Jesus gave her exactly what she needed.
Anytime we feel the weight of sin upon us, anytime we bear that burden of guilt, or whenever God’s Spirit reveals something wrong in us, let us simply go to Jesus, as this woman did, and repent at His feet. And when the truth of our hearts is exposed before the Lord, we allow His grace to work in our lives. Jesus didn’t only point out that this woman had many sins, but also that she loved much. And when Jesus looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, our mistakes, and our failures, but He looks upon our hearts and sees the love we have for Him. So let’s honor Him by leaving sin behind and moving forward by His grace.