Tears and Oil

Luke 7:36-50

The Pharisee invited Jesus over for dinner. A sinful woman from town heard He was going to be there, so she came with an alabaster jar of perfume oil. As Jesus spoke to the Pharisee, the woman’s tears wet Jesus feet. She wiped them with her hair, kissed His feet then poured perfumed oil on them. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said in his heart, “If He is a prophet, He would know this woman is sinful!”

Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for my feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

It was tears and oil that day.. this woman, who had lived a life full of sin was grateful for Jesus’s forgiveness. She went into the house of a Pharisee, uninvited by the owner but welcomed by the Savior. Her sin was BIG but Jesus’s grace was bigger. It’s the same for us. As Satan would have it, he leads us to thinking that we have done too much and gone too far.. forgiveness is out of our reach, he would like us to believe. This Scripture shows us otherwise, the cross has defeated Satan’s lies. You can be forgiven.

There is only one thing that keeps us from being forgiven. That’s not asking. We can’t live our lives, tip toeing around Jesus. Thinking, I’ll do that later. I have time to deal with that area of my life. If you feel Jesus calling you, beckoning you to Him. Don’t wait, pour your tears at His feet and let the fragrance of your life be a sweet aroma to the forgiveness you have received.

If you don’t know Jesus, it’s simple. Romans 10:9-10 tells us,

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (NLT)

This is one of my favorite stories in Scripture. It is a testimony that even though my sins were great, Jesus’s love for me was greater.

Till next time!


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