Capacity to Love
In Luke, chapter 7, Jesus goes for a meal at the house of Simon the Pharisee only to be visited by “a sinful” woman, who lavished her gratefulness and love upon Him, much to the disgust of Simon. Jesus, in the 47th verse says, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven- for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little”. This used to puzzle me because it seemed Jesus was saying that the length of the list of our forgiven sins was the determining factor in our capacity to love. What about people who had followed Jesus from a very young age ? What about people who were raised in a Christian home and never rebelled, but embraced Jesus from the first moment of decision ? Surely God is not going to limit the capacity to love for someone who’s actual sin list is quite short. This continued to puzzle me until the Lord, in His graciousness, let me understand. IT’S NOT THE LENGTH OF THE LIST, BUT OUR PERCEPTION OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN FORGIVING US THAT DETERMINES OUR CAPACITY TO LOVE. Love is the answer, and our capacity to do so will make possible all kinds of ministry, relational healing, and fearless expressions of Jesus to those who are in need. “Perfect love casts out fear”. So much of our motivation in this world is driven of various kinds of fear. To realize the magnitude of our forgiveness and expand our capacity to love, is a giant step which will cast out our enemy, fear. No more hesitating for fear of rejection or censure, but functioning from a huge core of love, we can do all that Jesus asks us to do, in deep gratitude. What a wonderful motivation to add to our reasons for worship and thanksgiving.