Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7:47, HCSB)
Dig Deeper: Luke 7:36-50
Our ability to appreciate grace is in direct correlation to the degree to which we acknowledge our need for it. The more I recognize the ugliness of my sin, the more I can appreciate the beauty of God’s grace. The Bible holds up a mirror and confronts us with the reality of our sin.
“Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).
We work hard at convincing ourselves and others we’re not that bad, but the truth is we are worse than we ever imagined. The more you push back on that, the more you push back on experiencing God’s grace. If we miss the reality and the depth of our sin, we miss out on the grace of God. Our default is to cover up our sin or at the very least minimize it. But in covering up our sin we are covering up grace. In minimizing sin we are diminishing the joy that comes with forgiveness. Jesus didn’t try to make people feel better about themselves by diminishing the seriousness of their sin and falsely reassuring them that they were not that bad. Jesus explained that the one who is forgiven much loves much (see Key Bible Verse). He paralleled our love for God with the degree of forgiveness we have received.
– Kyle Idleman in Grace Is Greater
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