The Bible talks about a sinful woman in Luke 7: 36. I sometimes wish we could at least be given a name. How sinful was she? The disciples were mad that Jesus allowed her to anoint him with perfume and wipe Him with her hair. In their opinion, she was too dirty to come near Jesus. The Pharisee said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
But Jesus made it clear that He came for such, sinful broken people and her show of love was an indication that she had been forgiven much: Hence she loved much. He forgave the woman and told her to go in peace.
Today’s Christians are famed for distancing themselves from ‘sinners’ We are afraid of being seen with sinful women: What will people say? Like Jesus, they will doubt if we are really saved! We also feel bad when the sinful woman comes close to the church. We say ‘Why is she here? What is she doing here? Why is she dressed like that? We have become like the Pharisees, forgetting that salvation is a gift from God and not something we have to work for. If it were, then none of us would have earned it.
Today, you might meet the sinful woman singing a praise song to God. Join them in praise, just like you, her debt has been fully paid on the cross.