A Sinful Woman Brings Jesus a Gift | Luke 7

Welcome to Real Life. Have you ever owed a debt you could not repay?

I may be bold, but I never planned to actually enter Simon’s house. I was going to wait outside and catch Jesus when he left. However, as I approached the gate, I noticed it had been left unlatched. No servants were nearby. So, I slipped inside, keeping my head down.

I followed the voices to the dining room. At least a dozen Pharisees reclined around the table. Jesus was just inside the doorway, facing the opposite direction. When I felt his nearness, I was overcome. I began to weep and dropped to my knees behind him. 

I really didn't want to cry in front of these men. But, I couldn't stop. My heart grieved over every evil thing I had done. "I'm so sorry," I whispered. My tears fell over Jesus’ feet, washing away the road dust. I let down my long hair and used it to dry them. These precious feet brought me hope. I bent down and kissed them. Then, I took out the gift—an alabaster jar of perfume—broke it and massaged the fragrant ointment into his weary feet.

By this time, Jesus had turned around. He gazed at me with tender eyes. But, he spoke to the host, “Simon, two men owed debts they could not pay. One owed $50,000 and the other $5,000. The money lender graciously cancelled both debts. Which debtor loved him more?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one with the bigger debt.”

“When I entered your house, you did not give me water to wash my feet, or greet me with a kiss, or anoint my head with oil. This woman has. Her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But, he’s who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then, Jesus spoke the words I longed to hear,

“Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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  1. We are to be grateful Him, for paying off our debt. Because of Him, I am no longer in debt to the enemy. It has been paid in full. Great post. God bless you. Never stop writing about His unconditional love.

    1. Hi friend,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Yes, the reality is that we all owe a debt we can't pay. May we never take that for granted!
      I appreciate your encouragement! :)

  2. My Dear Peggi,
    Thank you for sharing your insight about the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears, dried his feet with her hair and then oil them with the gift she had brought him. Your story says a lot about us as people. Many times we are like Simon. We have our cars, our homes, our computers, our bank accounts, but we have forgotten the most important thing in the world, and that is the love of the Lord in our hearts.

    We forget that had it not been for the grace of God, we would not have those things that we possess. More important we forget that it is not those things that count for God. It is the condition of our hearts. This woman had a heart that pleased the Lord and she was rewarded with eternal peace.

    I really enjoyed reading your article this evening. It really uplifted my spirit.

    Thank you once more.

    May you have a prosperous and successful 2014.

    1. Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for stopping by today. Your beautiful comments uplifted my spirit! Oh, to have a heart that pleases the Lord.
      May your New Year be richly blessed as well! Love you, peggi


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