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Forgiveness of Debt

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

In Jesus' Parable of two debtors one owes 500 days wages and the other owes 50 days wages, or denarii. These two men owe great debts to their creditor. Both could not pay the debts and the creditor to whom they owed the debt cancels the debts-- he forgives the debts in total. Now they owe the creditor nothing. Jesus asks Simon the Pharisee, who is hosting the dinner at his home in Galilee, which of them will love him more?

Simon answers, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt." Jesus says, "You have judged rightly." Then Jesus directs Simon's attention to the woman who just anointed His feet while He was reclining at dinner.

Jesus says that her sins are many (though we do not know what her sins are), her tears showing repentant heart, "hence she has shown great love" for Me. Jesus forgives her sins. Jesus says, "The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little" Luke 7:47 Her repentant soul leads her to come into the all male dinner and anoint Jesus feet as he reclines, head toward the center and legs outstretched behind Him. She first anoints His feet with her kisses while weeping and her tears moisten His feet, and drys His feet with her hair.

Then as she continues to kiss His feet she puts ointment onto His feet.

I remember when my daughter was young and we were in a store with my father, my daughter had a toy in her hands and asked if we could get it. I told her no and asked her to put it back. On her way to put it back, my father stepped forward and said that he would like to buy it for her. Later when Dad and I were quietly visiting, after my daughter had gone to sleep, I asked why he decided to buy the toy for her. He said, "Because she was kissing it." She loved it and he saw this. His generous heart and his heart filled with love for her caused him to do that.

Jesus forgives us and is faithful to love us, abundant in His blessings given to us, and still forgives us if we should mess up. Our tremendous love for Jesus pours out to Him as we quietly visit together and He sees our needs and desires, then He helps.

Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:40-50


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