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    November 11

    The Sweet Aroma of Abandon

    "And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume."

    Luke 7:37-38

    This woman is my hero! Every time I read of this encounter my heart cries out for her because she sought forgiveness at any cost. This was a woman who was truly remorseful over her sin. She knew she needed forgiveness and she knew that there was only one place to find it and it was at the feet of Jesus Christ. She had no fear of what others would think and she did not care what it cost her. All pride was stripped away and only desperation was left. The cry of the sinful heart to be made right with God is a sweet aroma when it is poured out at His feet. This act of desperation was so powerful that it permeated the room where she was and it is this very act that became the anointing of Jesus. This scene of sheer abandonment unveils for us the beauty of forgiveness and desperation of confession. It was her desperation that drew her to His feet and Jesus knew this. He will never turn the desperate soul away that falls in sweet surrender before Him.

    We read that she did not come empty handed to Jesus; she brought an alabaster vial of perfume. I believe this perfume was symbolic of her sin, as well as, her heart for Jesus. This is why she came with tears; she recognized not only her need for forgiveness but, her need for Jesus. This was not a joyful anointing! It was an act of sorrow, an act of bowing low, a heart seeking forgiveness. She was a woman who was remorseful of her sins. In this one act of surrender, she was laying down her stained garments, the filthy rags of her sinful life.

     
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