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She'd gone too far this time. No way she could be forgiven. Everyone knew about her, she was the talk of the town. How could she do such a thing?

That's what everyone thought about her, and she had the cheek to crash a dinner party of some very religious people! Everyone was outraged, everyone except one.  There was one man who stood up for her, who offered her a fresh start, a new life.  We read about her in our Bible Reading Plan this week (Luke 7:36-50).  In fact, Jesus had more time for her, than he did for the super religious. He even said that the religious leaders could learn a thing or two from her!

The fact is that the religious had not made Jesus feel very welcome, but this woman had. Why? Why would she show love to Jesus and the religious leader didn't?

"Until sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet." (Thomas Watson)

This lady knew she needed forgiveness, she knew her life was a mess, and she knew Jesus could forgive her, and so she loved Him.  The religious leaders didn't think they had anything to be forgiven for (but they were wrong!) and so they didn't love Jesus.

Incredibly, Jesus forgave her completely, as far as the east is from the west. Her sin was forgiven and forgotten. How could he do that? He was on his way to the cross to pay for her sin so that she could go free. That's why she was overjoyed. Here was a man who knew the very worst about her, and yet offered her a fresh start. Amazing Grace!

"The forgetfulness of God’ is a remarkable doctrine.  It is a balm for all who are burdened by guilt.  When we grasp this truth, we no longer find ourselves asking what must I do, but rather what can I do to serve such a wonderful God.” (Lindsay Brown)