You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore, 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 7:46-47
How can God love us after all the wrong we have done? Does He really forgive us? What if we do something else, think the wrong things, say the wrong words, or make the wrong decisions? Is the love of God truly unconditional? We have pondered many of these questions. We grasp the answers to the extent we rest in the Lord.
God does not forgive us because we are suddenly good. He forgives us because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. As we believe this truth, we walk in newness of life. When we have been forgiven of much, we love much. The conviction that comes when we fall short draws us closer to the Lord and causes us to love Him even more. We don’t confess our sins to earn forgiveness, but to walk in the freedom we have in Christ.
As we walk in our transformation, others may not forgive us for our past mistakes or judge us today because of our yesterdays. Knowing the victory and freedom we have in Christ helps us remain free from needing other’s approvals or affirmations. We can forgive ourselves because God has forgiven us. We stand in awe of the finished work on the cross, from glory to glory!