Series: That You May Know Love
Title: Part 5
Date: January 31, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. Luke 7:36 (NIV)
“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 7:39b (NIV)
Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other.” “But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. Luke 7:40-43 (NLT)
Could it be that Jesus has something to tell you? Are you willing to ask?
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 (NLT)
When I become judgmental and unkind to others, usually I have forgotten what a sinner I am.
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT)
When my attention is focused on the sins of others, I am on dangerous ground.
My attention belongs on my sin and mine alone.
The love you experience is proportional to the humility you express.
And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50 (NLT)
· In what ways have you been thankful lately?
· How do you typically express your gratitude to another person?
· Read Luke 7:36-50.
· What verse or thought stands out to you and why?
· When is it hard for you to hear truth from another person?
· Why is it so hard to live with the reality of our shortcomings and so easy to hide?
· If Jesus were trying to talk to you, what would it take for you to be able to listen better?
· Is there anything that Jesus has been trying to tell you?
· What helps you take your attention off other's sin and failures?
· For you, what does it look like to express humility or grow in humility?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?