“Her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47
Jesus is explaining how the man who was forgiven a bigger debt ($500 to make it simple) loves more than the man who was only forgiven a small debt ($50). He expands this to the sinful woman, who loves Jesus more because of her sins (she anoints him, washes his feet with her tears, and kisses his feet); whereas Simon did not of these things. Therefore, he has less love.
I read this and thought of how I’ve been through a lot and all this year in Isaiah we’ve learned life is not hunky-dory and God gives us trials to grow us and force us to turn our faces towards Him.
I think this is true. Those who have an easy life do take things for granted and don’t appreciate the good life when it’s there if they’ve never had a bad life. Someone who has suffered would love more. Someone who’s lost someone close to them–spouse, parents, child–would love more. Would hold on tighter. Would look at each day as a gift and not just move callously through it.
I hope I have more love. I don’t know. I think I’ve walled off my heart so much I don’t see this love portrayed to others. I’m trying though. I recognize it and am trying to be better with those around me. My instinct is to push others away instead of embrace them and I have to fight that tendency every day. So I pray slowly it will happen–and love will shine through.