To Whom Much is Forgiven by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: To Whom Much is Forgiven

Scripture Reading:
Luke 7:36-50

Main Text
Luke 7:47
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Jesus Christ taught His followers that “to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little”. He rebuked Simon the Pharisee for condemning a woman who poured a bottle of alabaster ointment on His feet and wiped them with her hair. The ointment was expensive but the woman poured it on Jesus’ feet in response to His mercy and power. Jesus Christ received her in spite of her numerous sins and that made her respond in the appropriate manner (Luke 7:47-50).

Just as the woman who was forgiven much loved Jesus much, New Testament believers who are forgiven more, should demonstrate more love towards God than the people under the Mosaic Law. If the Old Testament folks gave God 10% it is spiritually sound to give Him more than 10% because we love Him more.

The redemptive work of Christ motivates us to make sacrifices to God; it does not exempt us from godly responsibility. We don’t give tithes to God to make Him save us. Salvation is obtained by grace and not works. Tithing is an act of response to God’s goodness and mercy.

Prayer:
1. Pray for the grace to respond to God in the appropriate manner.
2. Pray also for the humility to recognise and accept the mercy of God upon your life.

Extract From:
“I Don’t Believe In Tithing; 10%, To Pay or Not to Pay” by Eastwood Anaba
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