On: February 7, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7: 47-50
The concluding words of the Church of England communion liturgy are: “Go in peace to love and serve The Lord … in the name of Christ, Amen.” What a wonderful sequence these words reveal. If we do not recognise our separated-ness from God due to our sin – whether we think it is great or small – we will not know true peace. We may be content some of the time, but Godly peace only comes from knowing 100% that we are right with Him and that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39).
When we are in this place of secure peace, we can expect a love to well up in us that will overflow not just towards God, but to others. A life of service, serving Him and them, will naturally follow.
A string of questions present themselves: Do I recognise that I urgently need saving from my sin? Do I accept that forgiveness can only be delivered by Jesus? If so, and I’ve responded accordingly: Have I clocked the eternal significance of my escape? Am I consequently living a life of celebration? If I can answer all four questions in the affirmative, I will be in a similar place to the woman in our story. If my grateful overflow of love does not match hers, I’ve stalled along the way.
Father God, nothing can separate me from Your love. Thank you.