Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20 / Luke 7:36-8:3 / Psalm 69:1-18 / Proverbs 12:1

Standout verse:

Luke 7:36-50 = The story of the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and anointed His head with costly oil.

Jesus uses this woman as an example to His followers of TRUE REPENTANCE.  We know this woman had walked in a lifestyle of sin.  She came to Jesus, fell at His feet, washed them with her tears and then anointed His head with costly oil. Note: she did all this before He had forgiven her.  She had nothing left to lose; she was stripped of her pride and desire for self-gratification – she was desperate for Him.  Jesus could see the evidence of her brokenness - He lovingly forgave her and commended the purity of her heart and her motives.

Repentance isn’t jut being “sorry” for what we’ve done or “sorry” we were caught.  TRUE REPENTANCE is humbly acknowledging our sin, confessing it to our Heavenly Father (and those we’ve wronged), asking to be washed clean and TURNING from our sin toward the LIFE that God calls us to passionately and obediently.

A broken and a contrite heart- these O God, You will not despise.  -  Psalm 51:17