Have You Experienced the Transforming Power of Worship?_743
By Rick Warren
— April 8, 2011
“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven. …Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:48, 50 (NIV)
"Jesus takes our sins seriously and he also takes forgiveness seriously. We need to do the same."
No matter how sinful you think you are, Jesus will never turn his back on you when you come to him looking for transformation.
The woman in Luke 7 gave her life in worship to Jesus. She poured herself out before him. Jesus will never turn away a person who worships like that. He knows our failures, our sins, and our heartaches. He hears our confessions. He knows we are trying to reach out to God and he will not turn us away.
And I pray that you and I will never turn others away who are reaching out the Lord just because they somehow offend our sense of decorum. Instead I pray we will be like Jesus – willing to turn and be touched by someone who is crying out for mercy and forgiveness.
It amazes me how many people I meet who are like the woman in Luke 7. They have a story to tell. Just like the hymn “Amazing Grace” they can say, “I was lost and now I’m found. I was blind but now I see” all because of the transforming power of worshiping the Lord, Jesus Christ. You and I both have a testimony of how we once had a black heart and then God forgave us and transformed our lives because we came openly and honestly to him.
Jesus does not make light of sin. When he spoke to the woman, this is what he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven … your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 8:48, 50 NIV). He took her sins seriously and he also took forgiveness seriously. We need to do the same.
Let me ask you, who do you relate to in this story?
- Do you feel more like Pharisee who refused to be touched by people, someone who was always reminding others of their failures?
- Do you relate to the woman who knew she was a sinner and needed forgiveness, a second chance?
- Do you relate to Jesus who is willing to be touched by other people’s brokenness and who responds by offering grace, mercy, forgiveness and the peace of God?
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