Jesus was having lunch in the home of an important Jewish leader when a woman burst into the house. All the guests were indignant as they watched the woman break an expensive bottle of perfume over Jesus’ feet and began to wipe His feet with her hair mingled with tears.
“If Jesus knew what kind of an evil woman this was He’d stop her,” the important man thought to himself.
Knowing what the man was thinking, Jesus told a very short story about two men who each owed great debts and couldn’t pay them back. The man to whom the money was owed forgave the debts of both men. “Who,” Jesus asked, “do you think would be most grateful? The man who owed the most or the man who owed the least?”
Then Jesus said, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little (Luke 7:47).
Maybe we are too self-righteous because we’ve forgotten how much we’ve been forgiven.