21 Ziv / iyyar 31 AD
We love God because He first loved us 1 John 4:19 . Without His love we could not love any one let alone God. After telling the parable in Luke 7 of the two debtors, Jesus goes on to bring attention to the woman who is named only as a sinner, most assume she is Mary Magdalene, she has been quietly crying, washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and drying them with her hair and anointing them with perfume. This alabaster jar full of costly perfume, has cost her more than money, it has cost her, her standing in the community, her chance of ever marrying, ever having legitimate children, or grand-children, it has cost her everything, it represents her shame. Jesus says that those who have been forgiven much, love much–the one who has forgiven them.
I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.
The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living.
I believed when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my alarm, “All men are liars.”
What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?
I shall lift up the cup of salvation And call upon the name of the LORD.
I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones.
O LORD, surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds.
To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the LORD.
I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
In the courts of the LORD’S house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD! Psalm 116
As for me…I have very much love for the Savior of my many sins.