Saturday, June 22, 2013

A few notes from reading..

Those who suffer- and everybody suffers (be it physical, emotional, mental, or all three)- are easily seduced into the sin of self pity.  I say sin because it is a sin.  Understandable, sad, and pitiable, but nonetheless a sin. How do I know this?  Because I have been convicted of this sin this week.  I won't go into the details.  We all suffer in various ways.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming.  But the moment when I take my eye off God (stop worshipping Him) I walk right into idolatry.  In this case the idolatry of self-- narcissism.  Suddenly everything is all about me.  My needs.  My feelings.  My wants.  My life.

The reality is that it isn't about my needs, my feelings or wants.  My life is not my own!  I've been bought with a price- the blood of Christ has purchased my freedom.  Now it's all about God.  It's HIS story.  It's not about me.

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.
Christ in the House of Simon by Dieric Bouts

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at the 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[h] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
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