Week Four Day One - Devotion

04 Sep 2017
John Benn
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This week's devotions all come from stories about Jesus where he displayed acceptance and empathy toward sinners. Each devotion is focused on meditation on the passage rather than analysis:

• Begin with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his acceptance of you.
• Read through the passage quietly at least twice. Try to imaging yourself in the situation. Ask yourself who you most identify with in each story.
• What acceptance and empathy do you see God extending to you through this story?
• What acceptance and empathy do you sense God calling you to extend to others from this story?
• Pray and ask God to show you a specific person or group that he wants you to show acceptance and empathy towards today.

DAY ONE

- The women who washed Jesus feet

Luke 7:36-50 (MSG):
36-39 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.” 40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Oh? Tell me.” 41-42 “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?” 43-47 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.” “That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” 48 Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.” 49 That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!” 50 He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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