How we love matters pt 2

How we love other people really does matter. We are reflecting exactly how much of Jesus and his teachings we have ‘absorbed’ by how much we pour out on other people. But it’s not just his teachings, but also having Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

Luke 7:36-47

A Pharisee named Simon asked Jesus to have dinner with him at his home. A sinful woman came to the Pharisee’s house when she heard Jesus was going to be there. She brought an expensive alabaster bottle of perfume, washed his feet with her tears, wiped his feet with her hair, kissed his feet, and put perfume on his feet. She was as humble and gracious as possible. How she loved Jesus mattered.

The Pharisee was not impressed. Jesus reminded him by saying in the following verses of Luke 7:

44 “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 

45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet.

46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.”

How the Pharisee loved Jesus mattered. Ironically, the Pharisees loved traditions and customs, and Simon didn’t give the customary kiss or anointing to show honor to guests. He didn’t call a servant to wash the feet of his guest. These were all customs practiced by the Pharisees. Jesus goes on to say that the immoral woman had a greater debt forgiven and she had much gratitude for it.

47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

How we love each other MATTERS.

Take time to encourage others, show hospitality, reach out to those in your community and love like Jesus loves. 

Be the difference.

Be blessed and be a blessing.

Heidi Cleaveland


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