“You gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.” (Luke 7:44, NKJV)
Exuberant love. Bathing Jesus feet in tears, toweling with her hair, lavishing perfume worth several months’ wages. Not inhibited by the critical stare of the Pharisee. Who had ever seen such love? From where did it come?
Jesus told a parable to explain, “He who is forgiven much, loves much.” Her copious tears of joy came from experiencing the glorious height and depth and breadth of God’s forgiveness. His love flooded her soul and overflowed.
Can this be the secret of true love? Experiencing God’s forgiveness, His inestimable gift in Jesus upon the cross, and allowing such love to surge through us to the people in our lives.