Forgiveness is Free

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Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ most celebrated disciples. It is said that she was the woman who came to Jesus with the alabaster jar and anointed His feet with expensive perfume. When Simon a Pharisee saw her doing this He said to himself that if Jesus were really a prophet, he would know what kind of woman was touching him. She was a sinner.  Jesus told Simon this story,  “A man loaned money to two people-500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt (Luke 7:41-43).”

Being a sinner and having it all wiped clean gave me and Mary Magdalene no choice but to fall in love with Jesus. He is love. Pure and simple. He doesn’t care that this woman was a sinner. She had shown Him great love that day. More than Simon the Pharisee had shown Him. He already knew all of her sins and He forgave all of them.

Jesus had cast out seven demons from Mary Magdalene and she was eternally grateful. She followed Him everywhere He traveled and  was a witness to the crucifixion and resurrection. Getting the opportunity to be one of the first to tell everyone what she had witnessed.

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It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or even where you come from. Maybe life has dealt you a bad hand of cards and you grew up in a life of sin. Our Father already knows we are sinners and He loves us anyway. Not because we do good works or even because we read the bible everyday, but because it’s who He is. He paid a huge price for us, all to glorify the Father. He is never going to love you more than He does right now in this very moment. You are so loved by someone who is nothing but love! No matter what your past looks like, or the sinful things that haunt you. Now I’m not saying go ahead and sin because you’re going to be forgiven. But I’ll tell you what, the closer you get to God, the more you just want to honor Him and please Him with everything you have, do or say. Sometimes life takes us on a journey through sin and we don’t know any better. But the truth is you don’t have to keep living that way. God is not mad at you. You are not worthless. And you too, can enjoy the beautiful life that Jesus died to give you.

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