How to Grow in Love - Wednesday's Loving Dose - April 4th 2012

Wednesday's Loving Dose - April 4th 2012 

How to Grow in Love

"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."
- Luke 7:47 (KJV).

You may recall the story where Jesus was invited to
have lunch with one of the Pharisees. While he was
there a woman of the streets—a prostitute—heard that
Jesus was there and came, fell at his feet, weeping,
and wiped her tears from his feet with her hair, and
then anointed his feet with expensive perfume.

In our jargon, the religious Pharisee was horrified
and in his heart judged Jesus for accepting this
sinful woman's loving attention and humble attitude.

Jesus, knowing what was in the Pharisee's heart went
on to explain that because this woman came to him
pouring out her heart, her many sins were forgiven.
Then he made a very simple but profound statement:
"He who has been forgiven little loves little."

Or to put it another way: "He who has been forgiven
much loves much."

This is so true, when in genuine humility we confess
our sins, not only to God but to a trusted friend or
two, and experience their love and acceptance, little
by little we learn to forgive and love ourselves.
So the more honest and open we are, the more we can be
forgiven and loved. And the more we are forgiven and
loved the more loving and forgiving we become.

Prayer: "Our Gracious Loving Heavenly Father, please
give me the honesty and courage to bring to the light
and confess every secret sin, mixed motive, jealousies,
pride, acts of sin, sins of the spirit, sins of
failure—every sin—confess these not only to you but to
a trusted friend or two and experience your love and
forgiveness, their loving acceptance, and become a
much more loving, accepting and forgiving child of yours.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Wednesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team