In Luke 7:47 we read,
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
This verse tells us that the more one is forgiven by Christ, the more one loves Him. If you have little revelation of your forgiven sins, then you love Him to that proportion. Contrarily, if you have great awareness, you will love greatly.
From Luke 7:47, we conclude…
more forgiveness grants more love.
Regardless of how sinful a life we lived before salvation and what we struggle with today, revelation by the Holy Spirit of the gravity of our sins will suffice to increase our love for Him. As always, we are seeking God’s perspective more than our own (James 2:10).
To receive more forgiveness we must open up, like the sinful woman did, and become aware of our sins offering them to the Forgiver with thanksgiving.
If we resist, are we like Simon, the Pharisee, who stood back rejecting and judging the sinful woman while stewing in condescension and suspicion of God’s grace in Christ, offering to Him no hospitality at all?
In other words, if we don’t love Him as much as we would like, that means that like Simon, we do not “see” our sins and how much we have been forgiven. If we could see more, then we would love Him more.
Remember keeping this in context that while praying and receiving revelation, you are not your sin (Rom. 7:17, 20). You remain the new nature and fully cleansed by His blood (2 Cor. 5:17, John 15:3, 13:10). Remember His sin payment for you is final and eternal, thus nothing can void it but your unbelief in it (Col. 1:21-23). Do not receive any condemnation (Rom. 8:1) as you are already clean by your faith in His work.
However, do acknowledge and openly grieve your sins, trespasses, and iniquities* (Matt. 5:4, James 4:9). Mourn over them. Feel the emotional impact of the gravity of them and the eternal judgment they deserve(d). But be mindful though not to wallow in them (1 Thes. 4:13, 2 Cor. 7:10) for they are not yours to bear. Let them take you to the blessed Cross (!) where they receive(d) their due judgment, and remain there, now and forever (Heb. 9:26).
As you hand them over, thank Jesus Christ for the Sacrifice becoming every one of your sins (2 Cor. 5:21) and bearing them fully on the cross enabling you to partake in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). Feel the mighty weight of them on and in His body and spirit. Feel the horrid, deadly separation from His Father that He endured.
Feel His body throbbing from the lashes, the thorns plunging into His brow, the overwhelming, electrifying pain generated by the spikes piercing His medial nerves, His body weight pulling on them, and the jolting increase radiating from His lower extremities in every breath He pulled.
In Love He did this for YOU, Beloved.
Start if you like by making a list of every sin you can remember. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in this ongoing awareness of His cosmic rescue of your helpless soul. Start with sinful attitudes and actions as a child then work your way up to present day. (Yes, you may need a hefty notebook, like I did. Afterwards, in tears of relief I dropped them, page by page, in to the fire watching them burn.)
Remember… this is an exercise to open your eyes to “see” and appreciate more of what Christ paid (past tense) for you so that you may love Him more.
For all the brave souls out there who want to love Him more, below a prayer is offered with requests that will grant your desire. This exercise is excellent for small groups with a James 5:16 focus. Powerful fellowship!
In accordance with Your Word in Luke 7:47, so that I may love you more, please, I want to see the truth of Your work for me.
~Reveal my sin- past, present and future.
~Reveal the depravity that I once lived in.
~Reveal the sin I wrestle with today (which is not me, Rom. 7:17, 20).
~Reveal the sin principle that lives within me (which is not me, Rom. 7:17, 20).
~Reveal the secret motives of my heart without You.
~Reveal how I have hurt and wounded others.
~Reveal how I have dishonored and resisted You.
~Reveal clearly my helplessness without You (Matt. 9:36).
~Reveal clearly my hopelessness without You (Eph. 2:12).
~Reveal clearly my uselessness without You (Jer. 13:10, 1 Cor. 15:4).
~Reveal clearly my worthlessness without You (Matt. 15:30).
Allowing the Spirit to lead you in revealing the weight and gravity of your sin as a whole, and those specific sins you were not aware of, will increase your love for Him (Luke 7:47). As a living sacrifice offer them up individually to Him (Rom. 12:1), Your faithful and merciful High Priest (Heb. 2:17).
Luke 7:47 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
James 4:9 Be miserable and grieve and weep [over your sin]
1 Thessalonians 4:13 do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope
2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Romans 7:17 So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.
Romans 7:20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you
John 13:10 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, and is clean already.
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.
Colossians 1:21-23 And although you were at one time estranged and alienated and hostile-minded [toward Him], participating in evil things, 22 yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 [and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel] I, Paul, was made a minister.
Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Matthew 23:14-15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless!
1 Corinthians 15:4
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
Matthew 25:30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Hebrews 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
*Sin-anything not done in faith (Rom. 14:23), lawlessness (1 Jn 3:4), evil deeds, attitudes, independence from God, unbelief (Jn. 1:29).
Trespass– sins committed against others, boundary breaking.
Iniquity– repeated sins that become habits, strongholds, lifestyles that are passed down though the generations.