What is a sinful woman? And how does she differ from any other woman? At first glance one may not be able to tell the difference but as you grow closer to this woman certain things will be apparent about her character. She suffers consequences that others do not. And as time progresses these consequences begin to take a toll. This week we studied a story of this sinful woman. While this particular account in Luke (Luke 7:36-50) does not expound on her lifestyle it is obvious that she carried deep seeded pain around with her. To understand more fully her pain we took a journey into the Old Testament story of Hosea and Gomer. God prophesies the extent of the consequences suffered by a sinful woman (Hosea 2:2-13) and as we studied this list of consequences, the sinful woman of Luke came alive in character and pain.

As recognition of her situation took on form, the incredible gift of God’s grace grew in magnitude as we began to understand how immense grace truly is. We saw this woman’s overwhelming desire to leave her situation but the futility of that attempt without Christ as the Simon’s of her world told her she did not deserve to rise above her circumstances. And here enters the grace of God. God’s grace is exactly that: undeserved. But that gift of grace hinges on one thing. Are you willing to accept it? We have all sinned and fallen short. The individual’s view of God’s forgiveness and grace is dependent on our acceptance of His gift. Once you have accepted what Christ offers to you, your sin no longer has the power to define you. What defines you is Christ’s vision of restoration and wholeness. Do not let the Simon’s of the world tell you differently. Listen only to the words of Jesus, “I offer you peace and freedom. Stop running in your circle of sin and come away with me into the wilderness where there can be healing, restoration, and wholeness; where I can make you as beautiful as the day you were created. You think I cannot see beyond your sin, but that is a lie – I see all your potential, glory and beauty if only you will come in faith and anoint my feet with your tears. Come to the wilderness with me, so that I may respond (Hosea 2:21-23) to you and administer my grace to you.” (“Respond” in Hebrew is the word anah. It means to dwell in, sing, utter, speak, cry out, answer.) God is waiting for us to come to Him so that He may dwell in, sing to, and cry out in answer to us.

When the Simon’s say, “I see only what you have done,” hear instead the voice of Jesus as He says, “I see what you were created to be.” When Simon says, “You have no future,” hear The Great Lover of our souls declare to us, “I am your future.”

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