3. You Become Aware Of Your Sinful Life
The reality of sin in your life is uncomfortable and sometimes even painful to look at it or think about. It is important to realize that reflecting on your sinfulness is not about feeling guilty and it is certainly not to make you feel depressed or sad even though you may find yourself feeling down when you think about how many times you have missed the mark. It is important to be able to be honest with yourself, and with God, about your entire self. God does not just love you when you are good.
For sure, man will ostracize you, reject and criticize you even in the very house of God. Which is totally against the Word of God, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” –Galatians 6: 1, notice it doesn’t say to totally ignore anyone; treat them as if they were a leper and hope they would just simply go away and find membership at some other Church. When you become aware of your sinful life please don’t do what so many other people do which is simply go on living a sinful life because they believe that God could not possibly forgive them due to all the sinful things they have done.
Allow yourself to go back and look at moments in your life that you recognize as being sinful. What images come to mind? How do you feel when you sin? Share those thoughts and feelings with God. This is what David did in Psalm 51: 1 - 3 look at what he prays, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”
David was truly sorry for his transgressions against God, and as we read the story of David’s life we discover that the sin David was guilty of was indeed forgiven by God but not without consequences, and that’s another sermon. Our sin is why Jesus came to us in the first place; He came to set the captives (which includes you and I) free.
This woman was overwhelmed with the greatness of her sin and the greatness of her forgiveness. She began to cry, and the tears fell on the feet of Jesus. She dried his feet by loosening the tresses in her hair and using her hair as a towel. And out of love she kissed his feet, and anointed Jesus feet with the perfume. Simon the Pharisee, here is representative of today’s world in that he found this to be reprehensible and totally inappropriate.
Why? Because of what he saw in the woman, he saw a prostitute, a woman of the night kissing the feet of a man who claims to be a man of God of which he doubted in the first place. Here was a woman with a terrible reputation, and Jesus was allowing this terrible sinner, to wash, kiss, and anoint his feet. The Pharisee's conclusion is, "This man is no prophet! If he were a prophet he would know about this sinful woman! He would turn her away, if He knew the type of woman she is! He would turn her away? Now I wonder, are we doing this very same thing in today’s Church? Are we turning those people away who we think is not a good fit for “our” Church.