Proverbs 29 6-29-18

Servant or sibling? How we think God sees us is vital. We are His children, twice His! The cost was great to get us back. How great?

Proverbs 29:19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.

The first part of the cost is the purpose: Why buy us back? Why redeem us? Did not the Israelites already serve The LORD? What is different now than before the CROSS?

The purpose of the cross is to reunite us with the Father in sweet fellowship. He has adopted us as sons and given us full rights as fellow heirs with Jesus!

Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” [16] The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. [17] Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

For His sacrifice and for His adoption we are thankful.

The second part deals with our level of gratefulness. Let’s read about it:

Luke 7:36-50 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. [37] When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, [38] and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

[39] When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

[40] Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

[41] “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. [42] Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

[43] Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

[44] Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. [45] You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. [46] You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. [47] Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

[48] Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

[49] The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

[50] Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

It’s a matter of perception, of how we see ourselves in regard to sin and forgiveness. We who don’t have major rebellion as part of our stories, who are not living with the consequences of major bad choices, cannot fully grasp the depths of His love and grace. We perceive that we have been forgiven little. Likened to this deception is that those who have been forgiven much still feel undeserving of His full love and acceptance. It, too, is a deception. We BOTH have been forgiven a great debt that we could never pay. He paid it FOR us. Let’s look at the Word of God and get a CORRECT PERSPECTIVE:

1 John 3:1-2 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [2] Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

In our quest for righteousness, let’s strive to see Him as He is: our LORD, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Friend, our Brother! Are you grateful? I sure am!

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