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Pastor Shane Ham : The Heart Of Real Devotion

Storyteller · 37:31 · Recorded August 15, 2021

The Heart of Real Devotion

Luke 7:36-50 (NIV) 36When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 41“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. 44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you go in peace.”

Differences between “the debtors”

1. One comes with “the head” while the other comes with “the heart.”

2. One comes “in control” while the other comes “in commitment.”

Commitment is putting your weight on someone to the point of vulnerability.

Don’t forget: Jesus will not be treated like anyone else.

3. One comes “religious” while the other comes “repentant.”

Reasons for their differences:

1. One doesn’t understand the gospel.

2. One doesn’t understand the depth of his sin.

Sin is the desire to live independent of God.

John 16:8 (HCSB) When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: …

3. One doesn’t understand the cost of salvation.

It should lead you to a repentant joy.

Talk It Over
  • What risk was this “sinful woman” taking in coming to the house of Simon, the Pharisee? What does this tell you about her state of mind?
  • Why do you think the woman expressed her repentance and devotion in the way that she did, instead of verbally? How do you express your love to Jesus?
  • What is your opinion of Simon? What do you think Jesus’ purpose was in telling the parable in verses 41-43? Why didn’t he just accuse Simon of not loving enough?
  • What is the most loving thing you’ve ever done for Jesus? For someone else? How was Jesus a part of it?
  • What are the implications of Jesus’ words and parable? a. The more you have sinned the more you will love God. b. You can’t experience grace until you recognize you are a sinner. c. Our love for Christ is the basis of our forgiveness. d. Our love for Christ is the evidence of our forgiveness.
  • What have you learned from this story and how can you apply it this week? Share it with your small group.
  • Parents, this is a great time to have a conversation with your kids about forgiveness. Read through this parable with them and ask the question in verse 42. Help them see that both debtors were forgiven of all that they owed. And that’s the way Jesus forgives us – whether it is something big or small, Jesus forgives

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