Have you ever wondered what it must have felt like for the sinful woman to come into Simon’s house and anoint Jesus’ feet? First of all, she knew that everyone who had gathered there (aside from Jesus, that is) had already condemned her.
Then, she made a fool of herself by bursting into tears, perhaps with loud cries and wailing. She must have felt completely humiliated. Yet she didn’t seem to care about the impression her behavior made on the other people. Instead, she courageously proceeded to do what she had set out to do despite her false start and the spectacle she had become.
She didn’t want to lose this opportunity to put her past behind her—even though it meant risking further rejection, harsh judgment, and even more gossip and slander. She simply had to ask Jesus to take away her sin and give her a new start.
While this is a compelling story about one woman’s persistence, there is much that we can learn here about the power of repentance as well. Let’s take a look.
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