Who Will Love Him Most?
Daily Devotional for November 19th
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?. Luke 7:41-43
This cruel world knows very little about forgiveness. Even if someone is able to get past the hurts of other people, still most of the time they will not ever forget what that person did. Today in families forgiveness is very rare. If a family member sins against another, then they are ready to disown them. However, Jesus came into the world to forgive and save sinners. Like the parable of the creditors here, Jesus knew that there was no way that we could ever undo the wrong that we had done.
Jesus spoke this parable in the presence of two very different people. The one was a very religious, self-righteous Pharisee. The other was a woman, most likely a harlot, who came before Jesus weeping. In order to address the thoughts of the self-righteous Pharisee, Jesus chose to use this parable. Between the two individuals who both were forgiven, there was still a difference between them. That difference is the love and thankfulness they respond to Jesus.
Thankfulness and love only comes when we realize the gravity of what Jesus has done for us. Some people understand full well the depth of their sinful condition. Ultimately, humanity needs more than just forgiveness, but the escape from eternal punishment in Hell which all of us rightfully deserve. While some seek to have their conscience soothed through forgiveness, others understand that Jesus has plucked them out of the fires of Hell.
To anyone who has ever done someone wrong, the most wonderful words that could be uttered to them is “I forgive.” The wiping away, the blotting out, the casting of our sins into the sea of forgetfulness cannot be substituted. It brings forth a love for Jesus that nothing else does. Who will love Jesus the most, the one who has been forgiven little, or forgiven much? The answer is quite clear. Some of us have sinned enough to send thousands of people to Hell, but yet the tender hand of Jesus reaches out to the sinner who has godly sorrow in their hearts. Loving Jesus and being committed to Him is all based upon knowing your sin, and knowing the loving grace and mercy of the Saviour! Where do you stand in your love for Him?