By Ellery Sadler
“She who is forgiven much loves much.” Luke 7:47
Jesus tried to explain to His disciples the upside-down rules of eternity. God didn’t come to the world looking for semi-good people to make them all-the-way good. He came to save the hopelessly lost, the desperate, broken people with torn up lives and worn-out bodies and transform them into His own likeness.
We live in a culture that worships perfection – perfect pictures perfectly curated, posted on perfect timelines. Lighting just right. Angle just right. Life just right. But life isn’t like that and we are not perfect. Only when you experience some of the grit and messiness of life, do you experience the depth of Jesus’s love and the miracle of His grace. You are never too far gone for the grace of God.
Of course, this isn’t license to go out and sin. Paul talks about this in Romans chapter 6 saying: “What then? Shall we go out and sin that grace may increase? Of course not. We have died to sin; so how can we live in it any longer?” Grace isn’t a license to sin, it’s a license to live – and to live in freedom. Grace gives us freedom from our past, freedom from our sin (not freedom to sin), freedom from guilt and shame and bitterness.
Grace is freedom.
“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," Jesus said.
Nothing can separate you from the kind of love Jesus offers - love that covers all sins. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own brokenness, we forget the breadth of God’s love.
We judge His capacity for grace by our capacity for sin. And when we shrink God down to our size, we lose perspective on His power.
It’s easy to think that our sin must be the one unforgivable sin. We are just too broken, too useless for God to deal with. This kind of thinking especially creeps in with habitual sins and addictions – we say we’re sorry and want to change, but a day later or a week later, we’re back at it. We repent, but our repentance doesn’t lead to transformation so we slide into guilt, fear, or shame. We’ve forgotten that God’s spirit in us is what gives us the strength to turn away from sin (1 Cor 10:13). Call on His name, ask Him to give you strength and then take practical steps: confess your sin to Him and ask Him to change your heart, find an accountability partner, or seek a professional counselor who can guide you through the process of healing.
When sin is weighing you down, crowding in on your thoughts, creeping into the core of your life – pause and ask God to give you a deeper understanding of His power and grace. Reflect on the majesty and truth of His love. Nothing can separate you from it. Nothing. Not sin. Not addiction. Not the fact that you walked away from your kids for another woman. Not the fact that you got pregnant in high school and had an abortion. Not the fact that your dad abused you and now you abuse your spouse. These sins are serious and need to be dealt with, addressed and turned from – but even in the midst of them, God loves you. That can be hard to grasp in a world that thrives on shame, but it is the truth. God loves you and forgives you and will create in you a clean heart. You need only to seek Him.
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