“Her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven. … Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:47–50
How much do we love the one who is the means of our forgiveness? How much peace do we really sense between ourselves and God? It depends on how great a need we see for our forgiveness. If we see our sins only as little peccadilloes, which haven’t really done much damage to the one we have offended, then we will not delight much in the forgiveness we receive, or in the one who forgives us. So we need to remember two truths. 1) The God we have offended is infinitely glorious — therefore the treason we commit against him when we fail to trust him is infinitely heinous, and deserving of his infinite wrath; 2) Jesus’ death for our sins shows us how much God desires us to find our craving for happiness satisfied in him. With this in mind, we can love him, because he first loved us enough to overcome all the obstacles our sin puts in the way of experiencing his goodness. Infinite forgiveness should beget infinite love.
What a delight it is, O Lord, to be free of the barriers my sin has placed between us. How satisfying you are to the longings of my soul. Amen.