Abide – Good Morning
In Luke 7:47 NLT says, “47 “I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”
This woman’s act of humility and love show that she had been forgiven. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not overlook her sins. He did, in fact, know that this woman was a sinner (John 7:39), and He knew that her sins were many. But the fact that her many sins were forgiven caused her to overflow with much love for our Lord Jesus Christ. The woman’s love did not cause her forgiveness, for no one can earn forgiveness. Her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, despite her many sins, saved her (John 7:50). By contrast, self-righteous people, like Simon, feel that they have no sins that need to be forgiven, therefore they also have little love to show for it.
Abide – Good Night
In Psalm 90:12-17 NLT says, “12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. 13 O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so, we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. 15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. 17 And may the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!”
Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely and for eternal good. Take time to number our days by asking, What do we want to see happen in our lives before we die? What small step could we take toward that purpose today?
Because our days are numbered, we want our work to count, to be effective and productive. We desire to see God’s eternal plan revealed now and for our work to reflect His permanence. If we feel dissatisfied with this life and all its imperfections, we must remember our desire to see our work established is placed there by God (see Ecclesiastes 3:11). But our desire can only be satisfied in eternity. Until then we must apply ourselves to loving and serving God. Amen!