1/10/14 BIBLE PASSAGE

1/10/14 BIBLE PASSAGE

Funmi Taiwo

1/10/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Luke 7:31-50)

From Luke:

A woman who valued the messiah-hood of Jesus anointed him with expensive perfume. She also amazingly wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Of course, the Pharisees were upset, but the Messiah was ready to give them adequate response. The scripture recorded the scenario and said, “…Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little” (Luke 7:36-46).

Lesson:

All people ought to understand that Christianity is a spiritual religion, and it must not be mistaken for a mechanical institution where all things have to be done in a rigid fashion to please God. We must allow the Holy Spirit to guide and rule us so that we can please God. We must be sensitive enough to understand the period that the Spirit of God is about to perform his unusual operations. For example, a person who is spiritually inclined would not be quick to judge a matter until he or she has prayerfully considered it.

Prayer:

Dear God, please let your Holy Spirit rule me at all times. Enable me to be sensitive to your leadership, and do not let me satisfy flesh desires. Let me grow in faith, and let me your power be demonstrated in my life with significant testimonies. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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