He who is Forgiven Much Loves Much
In Luke 7:41-47, Jesus told the story about a moneylender who had loaned money to two people. To the one he had lent 500 denarii and to the other 50 denarii. Neither could repay their debt and so the money lender forgave them both. Jesus asked which one would love the money lender more. Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged correctly.” The reason Jesus told the story is that He was in a Pharisee’s house when a woman who had lived a sinful life came into the house and washed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, and lovingly poured perfume on them. The Pharisee thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she’s a sinner”. Jesus went on to say, "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
Jesus made it clear: if you believe that you are a pretty good person and that there is not much wrong with you — that you are really about 90% there — and all you need from God is the last bit to make you great, then you will love little. If you believe you are forgiven little, you will love little. If you believe you are forgiven much, you will love much.
The truth about the gospel of grace is that every one of us has been forgiven millions of denarii and therefore we love much. Any thought that we were forgiven little is based in an evil deception of the heart. There is not one among us who is righteous — no not one. We all were sinners saved by grace and now we are saints. By the free gift of God’s grace and His great mercy towards us, every one of us has been forgiven way more than we even understand. Our first thought, now that we are completely forgiven, is not how we can go back to sin, but how we can keep the righteousness Jesus so freely gave us.
Think of it this way. Under the law, if you break one law you are a law breaker and guilty of breaking all the law. Since the law is perfect and cannot bend or its standards be lowered, that means we are all law breakers. So, when we came to Christ, He forgave us for being law breakers. We are all forgiven the same amount — being guilty of breaking all the law.
Wow! What a great forgiveness!