What is the greatest gift we can give another person? To some extent that seems to depend upon what the receiver of our gift values. Since we all do not value the same things the same way, not all of us appreciate the most valuable gifts as much as we should.
Luke 7:36-50 explains one reason why we may not value the most costly gifts as much as we should. We may not understand how much we need forgiveness. When He forgives a sinner, Jesus explains.
The Apostle Paul, because he had persecuted Christians, saw himself as the foremost of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Therefore, he very much appreciated the forgiveness of Christ Jesus. Like Paul, until we appreciate our sinfulness, our need for forgiveness, we cannot appreciate Jesus’ sacrifice, His choice to die upon a cross for our sins. We will not understand how much He loves us.
Until we understand that we are sinners and need God’s forgiveness, we also won’t appreciate the fact we do not deserve the gift of God’s love. We will not learn, as that prostitute did, how much we should love God.
Even though we are sinners, God still loves us. Does that mean it is okay for us to sin? No. God commands us to love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5). If we love God, He expects us to obey Him (John 14:15). Therefore, we must strive to love each other as He loved us.
God loves us in spite of our sinfulness. Because He loves us, God wants us to stop stop sinning. Similarly, we should love each other. Even though we are sinners, we should love each other. Because we love each other, we should help each other to stop sinning.