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Sweetly Broken

Weekly Devotionals

Sweetly Broken

Luke 7:36-50

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

It truly is the grace of God that He uses broken people to heal the broken. Broken pastors teach the broken congregation to follow God while broken counselors help their broken clients. Some might be physically healthier enough to teach others to workout and eat better food while doctors treat their sick patients but in the end, we are all going to die and no one is going to be healthy forever. Broken parents raise their children and tell them how to live a meaningful life while most of them haven’t figured out their own. People fight against injustice while they struggle with their own selfishness and greed. We judge our parents but are proud of our own parenting skills thinking that we are different from our own parents. I used to think I am somewhat less broken or messed up so I can help others but the more I listen to those who struggle in the private conversations, I realize that we are not that different, deep inside. I might not do things that the worst criminals of the world would do but only if I had the same conditions, the same upbringings, the same parents, the same abuse, the same social status, the same life as they had, would I have been so different? Would I have never killed anyone and abused people to fill the brokenness of mine? It’s getting harder to answer those questions. Then am I really that different as I would love to believe?

It is so humbling to read how Jesus confronted the Pharisees. He was upset at the ignorance of their own brokenness. They might have thought they would never sin like others do. Oh, how many times do I think that I would never do such a thing while reading newspapers or watching TV about horrible things. I might be more civilized or educated, maybe more functional or experienced in life or have higher moral standard and principles but these never make me better than others. In fact, I find them hindering me to acknowledge who truly I am and what I deserve.

Jesus said to the Pharisees in Luke 7 that he who forgiven less loves less. If I want to have more love, instead of my attempts to love, I need to be forgiven more. It’s like the higher I want to go, the lower I must go. Another upside Kingdom principle challenges me today as I gaze my eyes upon the One who is perfect and….what a relief to know that I don’t have to be.