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Scripture: Luke 7:37-39, 44-48 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”  …Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  

Devotional: Have you ever felt uninvited?  Like you don’t belong, or that you are rejected? If so, this week’s devotions will bring some great news:  Jesus invites people that others reject. 

It’s one of the most beautiful things about Jesus and His ministry.  He literally turned the world upside down on who is accepted.  Those who others rejected found love and compassion from Jesus.  And forgiveness.

Today’s passage is about a woman who, undoubtedly, was rejected; particularly by the man with whom Jesus was dining, a Pharisee named Simon.  Simon prided himself in keeping away from sinners, and as you can see, criticized Jesus for allowing this sinful woman to sit at His feet.

But Jesus would have none of Simon’s condescending attitude.  He turned Simon’s criticism back onto him for failing to be gracious host.  And Jesus pointed out the humility and love that this uninvited woman showed Him.  She recognized her own unworthiness in the presence of Jesus; but she must also have had a sense of His willingness to forgive her, and show her compassion and love in return.

Reflect:

  • What sense of your own unworthiness do you have in the presence of Jesus?
  • Have you experienced His love, compassion and forgiveness?

Lean on Me Day 7

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Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Devotional: Hebrews 10  reminds us that there’s an extreme sense of urgency to our gathering together in community and fulfilling the purpose of the church.  That urgency is that the Day is drawing near,  What day?  The day that Jesus returns to this earth to redeem His followers;  to bring Heaven from up there, to down here.  The day that followers of Jesus will be separated from those who are not, and God’s just judgment will be carried out.

For those who belong to Jesus, this is an exciting and greatly anticipated day.  One that we long for with joy. 

But what of those for whom this day is the ending of their opportunity to be reconciled with God?  That’s an excruciating thought.  And one that should compel us all to be about God’s plan to ensure that all people are known, loved, cared for and cherished; so they are reconciled to God through Jesus’ message of love.  A message being lived out authentically in our community with one another, and in our willingness to invite others into that community of love.

Reflect:

  • Who do you know that needs to be known, loved, cared for and cherished, and who needs to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ?
  • Invite them to be part of your small group and share Jesus’ love with them.

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