Forgiven Much? Love Much!

Luke 7:41-43There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

This parable speaks of Jesus Himself, for He it is that forgives and is beloved by the debtor. We learn here:

1.) That sin is a debt, and sinners are debtors to God Almighty. Debts eventually will need to be paid in full. (Romans 6:23a – For the wages of sin is death;…)

2.) That some are deeper in debt to God than others, by reason of their sin.

3.) That whether our sin debt be more or less, it is more that we could ever hope to pay ourselves. We could never pay our sin debt on our own. (Mark 2:10aBut that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,)

4.) That the God of Heaven is ready to freely forgive poor sinners, who are heavy laden with the debts and guilt of their sins, He will forgive their debt according to His terms He has set forth in the Gospel, no matter the size of their sin debt. (Ephesians 1:7 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;)

5.) That those who have their sins forgiven are obliged to love Him that has pardoned them; the more that is forgiven them, the more they should love Him for what He has done for them. This should also motivate us to allow Jesus love for us to flow through us and to others. Our sin debts being paid by Jesus should also motivate us to seek out other sinners, with sin debts that need to be paid, and tell them about the One that can forgive all their sin debts. (Ephesians 4:32 – 5:2 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.)

Luke 7:48-50 “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

6.) The debtors (sinners) faith in Christ is what allowed Jesus to forgive her sin debt. It takes sincere faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God for us to be saved from our sin debt. We can do nothing to pay our sin debt, we cannot even pay a fraction of our sin debt on our own. It is by no work of ourselves that we can be forgiven of our sin debt; it is only through our faith in the Lamb of God, and His shed blood and death on the cross that we can seek and get forgiveness of our sins. It is by faith we get saved, through the blood. (Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.)

 

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