Every neighborhood has an observer. This individual makes a hobby out of being in the know. In the process of gathering information, gossip may distort fact from fiction. Nonetheless, finding out what’s going on becomes an obsession. For these personality types, digging up dirt on others produces an adrenaline rush. Anyone who follows down this path begins to develop the mindset of a Pharisee.
Jesus, answering, said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they had no means of repaying [the debts], he freely forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” – Luke 7:40-42
In the first century, Jesus was regularly invited to dine with religious leaders. Instead of trying to impress other guests, Jesus used each meal as an opportunity to minister to others. After an uninvited prostitute approached Jesus to anoint his body with an expensive jar of perfume, commentary, murmurs and preconceived judgments were made about Jesus. Frustrated by the lack of maturity displayed by the adults in this house, Jesus shares a parable to expose the heart of this matter.
Simon answered, “The one, I take it, for whom he forgave more.” Jesus said to him, “You have decided correctly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house [but you failed to extend to Me the usual courtesies shown to a guest]; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair [demonstrating her love], Luke 7:43-44.
Jesus tells a story about two debtors who did not have the ability to pay back their amount owed. After finishing, Jesus turns to Simon, a Pharisee, asking a couple of questions. This conversation exposes the flaw of most Pharisees, concentrating on judging others rather than displaying love and forgiveness. Jesus warns the guests about falling into this harmful mindset. In the end, if you want to be forgiven, you must love much. Forgiveness and love follow the sowing principle. Those who love much are forgiven, but those who love little, forgive little. May this parable speak to your heart, inspiring a desire to love and forgive like Jesus.
by Jay Mankus
Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little,” Luke 7:47.