Great Love <3

Got back from work. It’s been a busy day today but I’m taking my time to write my blog. Actually I began this 10 minutes I came to work. Been up since 9:10am working. I’m tired! Even though I’ve been working all this time I feel like I haven’t done anything. Right this is me just ranting and being boring.

But since I feel like really restless and annoyed and upset and frustrated, I’ll blog! First off, my flatmate is moving out to another place. I know I don’t know him really well but the fact that there was no ‘good bye’ before he left makes me feel sad. I know we can meet up since he still has a few months but honestly speaking I doubt we would. Living in the same flat is a strong tie with someone and meeting up outside is just really difficult unless you would be ‘best friends’. Even while living together we won’t see each other that often.

I guess when I look back I keep thinking – *sigh* I should have invited him to this CU event! or I should have talked with him more. Of course at least we have had a few conversations but I find it weird of me to think and admit I’ll miss him. It never really hits until the time comes.

I’ll never think he’s leaving in a few weeks and feel sad. More like up until that very moment I will. My roommate is the opposite for those she cares about though – that she would feel sad thinking about the future separation.

Sounds like I actually have a crush on this guy! haha quite funny but not true. I don’t really know why I care. Maybe it’s because I know he’s a good person. But more than anything I really hope he finds God. If some day I know that he has received God’s love, I would feel so, incredible relieved.

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I want to share some insights to Luke 7:36-50

Jesus anointed by a sinful woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 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. 38 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.

39 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.’

40 Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to tell you.’

‘Tell me, teacher,’ he said.

41 ‘Two people owed money to a certain money-lender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’

43 Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.’

‘You have judged correctly,’ Jesus said.

44 Then he turned towards 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. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.’

48 Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’

50 Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

This is a passage that Miru had gone through with her uncover buddy. She came to me with a new insight from the uncover guide book.

This was my take on it initially:

This woman who was a sinner came to Jesus and used expensive perfume and did something good for Jesus. She had faith that Jesus would save her. Simon the Pharisee only thought to stay away from sinners because they were unholy. I thought that Simon was clearly in the wrong and it was because of the woman’s actions towards Jesus that saved her. At a glance, it seems like it’s because this sinner provided the expensive perfume and thus she was forgiven.

However, there’s something even deeper in this passage that I’ve missed out. It’s Jesus’ unconditional love and how overwhelmingly powerful it is. To Simon, if Jesus was a real prophet he would back away from this sinner from her appearance. However, Jesus knowing what Simon thought told him the parable of forgiveness. In fact, the parable seems like it was meant for Simon and the woman. Simon was the one who owed the money-lender 50 denarii and the sinner owed the money-lender 500 denarii. God would be the money-lender. But because God is all loving, he forgave both sinners. However, the one who owed him ‘500 denarii’ understand the graveness of her sins and therefore is much more grateful, whereas the one who owed him ’50 denarii’ doesn’t even know he has sinned and does not understand that he even needs forgiveness!

Jesus asked Simon who would love the money-lender more if he forgave the debts and Simon answered the one who owed him 500 denarii. So Jesus then goes on to say how this woman has washed his feet, kissed and poured perfume. And he says: therefore, I tell you,  her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love  has shown. This demonstrates in actual fact that she has already been forgiven and she knows it in her heart. Clearly the woman knows who Jesus is. She heard he was coming to town and made all this effort to see him and welcome him. She knows exactly what he is capable of and hears it directly from his mouth: your sins are forgiven… your faith  has saved you; go in peace.

It is because of her faith in Jesus, that he can forgive and why can he forgive? It’s because he is God. Only God can forgive sins and because of that parable the ‘money-lender’ who forgave, he is indirectly claiming to be God because he forgave the sinner.

Jesus had also mentioned: whoever  has been forgiven little loves little.  Because the woman has already been forgiven, her love is so great towards Jesus that she welcomes him in this way.

This goes to show that forgiveness is an act of love on God’s part. It’s not something that can be earned but it is a gift only God can give. It’s funny how I’ve heard this a thousand times but … it’s beautifully portrayed in this passage.

— By the way, my flatmate came by just now to hand over my roommate’s keys. I’m glad to have seen him again and feel a bit more relieved. Although he is now trying to find a better place to live, I just wish him the best. Pray he meets honest Christians! 🙂

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