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      “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.” Luke 7:47 NLT

Lord Jesus, this is one of those "in-your-face" to get us into-your-grace verses. Thank you for cutting to the chase--the redemptive chase. It's as simple and real as this: Because you've forgiven all of our sins, we should love you with fresh awe, perpetual thanks, and great delight.

And a second response to our being forgiven is just as necessary: We should also be the most humble, gentle, loving people in our web of relationships--slow to anger and quick to forgive. Lord may it be increasingly so, until the Day you take us to heaven.

Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, keep us constantly aware of how much you've forgiven us. We don't want to be those the Apostle Peter described as "nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins" (2 Peter 1:9). Don't let us minimize the wonder of our forgiveness by thinking our sins are less numerous or egregious than anybody else's. Don't let us ever get used to being forgiven by you.

Convict us quickly when we indulge an irritable spirit or judgmental attitude. Help us respond kindly and wisely to a wide range of scenarios and personalities. Grant us grace when responding to unintentional oversights and intentional slights; harsh words spoken and healing words left unspoken; being ignored by people we love, or target practice for people we'll never meet.

Jesus, in our anger, keep us from sinning; in our hurts, keep us from blaming; in our disappointments, keep us from sulking; in our tiredness, keep us from snapping at others. Only your love is better than life, Jesus; only your love will never let go of us; only your love was, is and ever will be enough. So very Amen we pray, in your kind, forgiving and tender name.



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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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