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. Luke 7:47 (NKJV)

Clutching the bottle of expensive perfume, Mary moved through the doorway to where Jesus and the others were seated at the home of Simon the Pharisee. She realized her actions would draw their scorn. Only Jesus would understand the motive of her heart.

As she knelt and broke the seal of the fragrant oil, her eyes met His, and something passed between them. Feelings of love, yes, but not human or emotional love. It was something that was holy and pure. No matter what her past contained, the moment she bowed her heart in repentance, God’s forgiveness was hers.

Mary responded in humility and repentance. His grace sufficiently covered and cleansed her sin. Many think the idea of unconditional love cheapens God’s grace. But nothing can devalue such an expensive gift. The high cost of God’s grace meant Jesus had to die so that you, like this woman, could experience forgiveness and eternal life. Only Christ can save you from your sins, and only He can offer the grace you need to live confidently and securely.

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