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Heart of a Pharisee or a sinner?

While reading and re-reading Luke chapter 7 the past weeks, I am overwhelmed by so many facets of Christ that merely 50 verses bring to my mind and heart.  I have been particularly drawn to the experience in the house of one of the Pharisees.

Scripture says that “one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with Him.” Christ went to the house of the Pharisee and shortly after, a woman in the city – which was a sinner – brought an alabaster box and stood at His feet.  This may be a very familiar exchange, but it never ceases to flood my heart upon reading it.  I close my eyes and I envision this woman, a known sinner, who comes before the King of kings with her meager offering.  She breaks the alabaster box, perhaps reflecting that her heart was broken, and poured it out upon Him.  She wept and washed His feet with those tears, more of her brokenness overflowing upon Him.  He received her brokenness.

Let that sink in. He received her brokenness.  He didn’t send her away.  He didn’t say she wasn’t refined or perfect enough yet.  He received her. Now, let that sink in and wash over you.  He receives you.  He receives you.

However, the Pharisee spoke within himself, “this man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches him: for she is a sinner.” This Pharisee could not imagine a man of God that would receive such a broken vessel.

Matthew Henry’s commentary on this happening is as follows:

None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman’s repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him…Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner’s heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!”

A deep question has permeated me::do you have a heart like this Pharisee or a heart like this “sinful woman”?  Do you have a heart that is too proud to acknowledge your origin and your need for Christ?  Or, do you have a heart that will pour out all to Him, beckoning the only One that can receive your brokenness and your whole?

Let Him say of me, “her sins, which were many, are forgiven; for she loved much.”

Be blessed,

Crystal

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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!

Psalm 107:1 (KJV)

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

We wish everybody a very happy thanksgiving and a wonderful time with friends and family!

Much love                                                                                                                                                 Crystal and Sisie

Emphasize the possiblities

Hello all, i was reading this devotional, sent by one of my dear friends this morning and i just wanted to share :). To me, it’s a good reminder for our daily encouragement. I hope it will encourage all of you as well.

Happy Autumn 🙂

If anyone was ever justified in being negative and overwhelmed, certainly Paul was. Unfairly accused, confined in prison, and facing death, he chose to emphasize the possibilities instead of problems. In his letters, he challenged believers to think differently and rise above the world’s standards. As a prisoner, he didn’t whine about the poor conditions, his bad luck, being chained to the guards, or even the things he missed about being free.

Instead, Paul wrote in a spirit of gratitude and with an encouraging, joyful manner — all in the midst of a continual barrage of persecution. The apostle Paul presents us with wise advice for thinking like Christ thinks when he challenge us to seek out and dwell on the positives in our life.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8 MSG

Philippians 4:8 reflects very crisply the nature and character of God, who Himself is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. As Christians, we are called to meditate on things that mirror God’s characters. Not only does this keep us from focusing on sinful/harmful things, but it also allows us to fill our lives with hope and optimism.

If you desire to live a joy-filled life – a life that fulfils God’s purpose for you – you must keep your thoughts fixed on the things of God.

“The 4:8 Principle”
By Tommy Newberry

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be Blessed! ~sisie

Aside

Good Morning Everybody!! It’s Labor Day weekend, which mean, it’s going to be a long weekend!!! I Just want to share a devotion that i read this morning. Hope this will empower your day today 🙂 28 Hast thou not known? … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday

When the day comes, let it be more of You and less of me.

~Sisie