“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” (Luke 7:39, NLT.)

The Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner wasn’t too happy when an immoral woman crashed the party. It seems he might have been trying to give Jesus the benefit of the doubt when he imagined Jesus must not have known the kind of woman she was. No self-respecting Jew would have allowed it to happen, so he must have been unaware of her sordid past.

Jesus did know and he didn’t stop her from expressing her gratitude and love for the mercy and grace she had received from him. He knew what was in Simon the Pharisee’s heart and he knows us today. He knows who we are and what we are and loves us anyway. Thank God for a Savior with a reputation for hanging out with sinners like us! May we be like the woman in this story, unafraid to show our gratitude and to tell the world of his love and mercy.

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