Luke 7:40-43 Who Loves Him Most?

Luke 7:40-43 (KJV)
And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

At first glance we might assume that the one who had been forgiven of five hundred pence was the one forgiven of most. I am guessing Simon certainly thought so. But I think it’s a wrong assumption. Value is relative. It is possible that the one forgiven of the fifty pence was in a more desperate place than the one with five hundred. 

Think of the widow who cast in her two mites. Jesus said she had given more than those who had cast in great sums because they had given out of their wealth and she out of her poverty. It’s relative to a person’s position. 

This is good news. The parable Jesus presented wasn’t about creditors and debtors. It was about sin and forgiveness. The good news is that, whether you are the worst offender (in the eyes of man) or a good and righteous gentleman (in the eyes of others) each can be equally forgiven of much and thus, love God equally. 

We can all, in effect, love God most. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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