October 25, 2015

Luke 7_50

Luke 7:36-50

Jesus has accepted an invitation to dinner at a Pharisee’s home. Jesus accepts invitations from everyone in hope that he will be able to bring someone else into his kingdom. He loves them and desires the best for them. He offers himself to them when he accepts their invitation to dine or talk or for his healing touch. Somehow a sinner has gotten to Jesus at the table and begins to love him with what she has, ointment and kisses, signs of her gratitude for what he has done and who he is.

The Pharisee judges both the woman and Jesus for this action. So Jesus tells a short story. And when all is said and done, Jesus pronounces forgiveness to the woman and tells her that her faith has saved her. The first word faith says is “Thank you.”

Martin Luther re-discovered that faith is an act of gratitude for what God has first done for us. He chose us, we did not choose him. He came to die for us, we did not ask him to. He was raised from the dead to give us hope for new life. We did not ask for this either.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for coming, dying, and rising because you loved us first. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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One Response to October 25, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Love. A song written a long time ago had a line that said, “the gospel in a word is love.” ” love thy neighbor as thy brother, Love, Love, Love.”
    In the first epistle of John the third chapter, the apostle also talks about Jesus laying down His life for us, and that the same sacrifice by US Is our willingness to lay down our life for someone else:
    16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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