Forgiveness: The Hidden Root of Great Love Back to all sermons

Date: August 20, 2017

Speaker: Pastor Marc Wragg

Series: The Forgiveness Paradigm

Category: forgiveness

Scripture: Luke 7:36–7:50

Tags: love, humility, forgiveness, pride

The cold and loveless Christian betrays a heart that does not understand the depths of its own sin. When Jesus was invited to the home of Simon the Pharisee, he wasn’t shown the customary courtesy a dinner guest should expect from his host. There was no warm greeting, no oil to anoint his head, nor even so much as some water to wash his feet. Yet a sinful and broken woman honored Him out of a heart full of godly remorse over her sin. She washed His feet with her tears, kissed them, and anointed them with costly perfume. To the blind eyes of the Pharisee, this was a revolting and immoral scene. But for those with eyes to see, this was a glorious, humble, and proper response to the forgiveness of God. Is your love cold? Could it be because your view of sin is too low, and your view of self is too high? Holiness is the product of love for Christ, and this love only springs from hearts that know they have been forgiven an impossible debt.