Thursday, January 28, 2016

Luke 7:38

I was reading today in Luke 7 about the woman who was washing Jesus' feet, in verse 38 it says "And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and annointed them with the ointment." The pharisee that Jesus was having dinner with thought "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner." The rest of the scriptures are as followed: And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
There were so many thoughts that came to me as I read these scriptures. First of all I thought of the debt that I have had forgiven me and how that relates to my daily worship of God. I need to repent because the worship that I should be rendering to the Lord should be greater than what it is now. I have been given so much in my life and I want to get to that point where I am constantly worshiping the Lord with every breath that I take. My daily scripture study should be treated as my daily sustenance and should also be treated with more worship. 
How am I prepare to worship the Lord on the Sabbath? Do I read the lessons beforehand so that I can answer more adequately? Are all of my desires on the altar of sacrifice? Everything that I do should be with remembrance of the Lord.  
I want to be like this woman who understand the debt that she wants to be paid and taken care of and after I am forgiven, I want to worship the Lord with all of my heart, might, mind and strength. I also want to share what I have experienced and learned for myself. 
President Hunter says that "a great indicator of our own personal conversion is our desire to share the Gospel."  
I am so grateful for the scriptures and how they enable us to feel the Spirit who inspires us to change and turn to God. I am so grateful for the Atonement and for the great changes that I have seen in my own life and in the life of others. I am grateful that there is a time between our pre-earth life and our post-earth life to prepare to meet God. I am so grateful for this probationary state. I am grateful that healing comes as we become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Prophets who are inspired men, called by God to be his mouthpiece. I am grateful for personal revelation and I know that we are entitled to receive for ourselves as we follow the path of Jesus Christ, more fully after we are baptized. I am grateful for my mission and for the undeniable experiences I had about God's love for us and His infinite Atonement. I love you all and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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