Mom, You Are Forgiven – Sermon Follow-up

15207388786_9f4d7bd54e_zTherefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
-Luke 7:47-48

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  It’s a day when we celebrate Moms and tell them how much we love them.  Hearing how much they are loved can warm a mom’s heart, but sometimes that heart is also weighed down by guilt and a feeling that, despite all the cards and flowers, they aren’t really meeting the standard.  Whether it’s a messy house, not enough time with the kids, a broken marriage, or not being able to provide what they want for their kids, it can be easy for moms to smile on the outside, but be crying on the inside.

Some of the things that may make us feel less than worthy aren’t really sins.  A messy house isn’t a sin.  Not being able to take your child to Disney World isn’t a sin.  Those things may be disappointing and we may want to change them, but they aren’t sins.  Some things, however, are due to our sins; but our word from Jesus, today, is an important reminder.

In this passage, a woman who was a prostitute had entered a house Jesus was in and poured perfume on His feet.  The religious leaders with Jesus were appalled.  How could Jesus let her come near Him?  But that’s just what Jesus does.  He let’s the outcasts and the sinners come near to Him (That’s all of us, by the way).  He silences their accusers, but that’s not all.  For this woman, He didn’t leave her in her sins.  He forgave her.

That word of forgiveness is for you as well.  These days, “Who are you to judge me.” is a common phrase.  That phase may shut our accusers up, but it does nothing for our sins.  For that, we need Jesus.  We need the forgiveness and grace that Jesus offers us on the cross.  We need to hear Him say, “Your sins are forgiven.”  And He does.

Moms, that forgiveness is for you, too.

For all the broken promises.  For all the times you lost your temper.  For all the struggles in your marriage.  For all of it.

Your…..sins…..are……Forgiven.

There may be times when you don’t feel like you are doing a good enough job.  The truth is none of us do.  But Jesus is there.  He works in our broken efforts.  He forgives our sins and makes us whole again.  He renews our strength.  He loves us much.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for my children.  Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m doing a very good job as a mom.  Please forgive me for the times I have failed You and failed my children.  Remind me of Your promise to forgive me and that I am loved by You.  Please watch over my children.  Keep them safe.  Help them to know they are loved.  And help them to love and trust in You.

Amen

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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