Our theme for this month is, “be free.” We’ll be exploring different stories and women of the Bible and discussing the freedom that can be found in God’s love. Feel free to leave a comment or click on the connect tab to further the conversation.
This week we’re going to look into the story of a “sinful woman.”
You’re probably thinking I’m being harsh for referring to her like that but if you turn to Luke 7:36-50 (NIV) you’ll find that section labeled as, “Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman.”
This woman’s name was not mentioned in the book of Luke, yet she was referred to as a sinful woman. Can you imagine the worst mistake you probably could have ever made and being called by it? Some may find it hard to imagine but truth is, so many of God’s daughters live this reality day in and day out. They answer to the labels that have been placed on them by those around them, just like this sinful woman. Make matters worse, eventually they start to believe it. They believe that they’re broken, desperate, easy, shallow, no good, trash, and the list goes on. Like the sinful woman, they were held captive to the sins of their past.
Verse 39 says,
“When 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.'”
The world will always think they know what kind of woman you are, but only God knows who you truly are. See, when this woman came in and washed Jesus’ feet the whole room saw a sinful woman, but Jesus…he simply saw his beloved. Jesus saw the genuine cry of her heart. He knew she had been carrying around her burdens for far too long and wanted desperately to be set free. He knew who she was.
Beloved, we’re human, not perfect. We are bound to make mistakes, but what I admire most about the sinful woman is that she didn’t allow her past to keep her from encountering God’s love. She didn’t let the people around her hold her back either. She didn’t care what they thought of her, because all she longed for was her God.
Verse 48 says,
“Then Jesus said to her, ‘your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus is saying that to you today. Your sins are forgiven. You don’t have to walk with your head held down anymore. You are forgiven. When you allow yourself to be loved by God, He allows that love to consume you entirely. My hope is that you allow yourself to walk in that light today and always.
I leave you with verse 50.
“Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
You are free to worship.
You are free to live.
You are free.
Go in peace.