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Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I've been lead by God to do something I don't here very often. For this week's word of the week we're going to tag on to the message from our Sunday service. The text is found in Luke 7:36-50. There was a woman who was a sinner in the house of a Pharisee. She was not there for the Pharisee. She was there because Jesus was there and all of her humiliation was more than worth it when she was forgiven by Christ. Let's go further.

On this journey with God there are times when you will have to put your pride down. You cannot afford to be so embarrassed by what others know about you until you miss your opportunity with God. This woman was a known sinner because she was a prostitute. It's amazing how we judge the sins of others and never see the our own. We can see the smallest speck in the eyes of others but totally ignore the beams that hang out of our eyes. We cast judgement on the very sins we once did and sometimes our past sins are worse than the ones we are talking about.

This woman was looked at funny, talked about, and yet she was forgiven. She may have had the worst sins in the eyes of others but none of them could match her level of gratitude. She wept so much until her tears washed the feet of Jesus. She took her hair and began to dry them afterwards. I'm not being funny when I ask this next question but what woman do you know today is willing to take her head, lean down, and dry the feet of somebody else? I'm not saying that such a person doesn't exist. I'm just saying I sure don't know who they are! 

There is a serious point we are making this week. How much of your pride are you willing to put down just to show your thanks to God? So many times we walk with our heads in the clouds and don't even know it. Do you realize that anything you do for an extended period of time can eventually seem normal no matter how wrong it may be? Sin can seem normal over time. Pride can seem normal over time. Unforgiveness can seem normal over time. Lying can seem normal over time. Cheating can seem normal over time. Not praying, not studying, and not attending church can seem normal over time.

How is it that the devil is able to convince people that the worst things are normal? The answer is not as difficult as you may think it is. All he has to do is remove you from the sense of conviction and he has you. All you need to do is compare yourself to others who don't push, who don't try, who don't pray, who don't care, who don't seek God, who are self centered, who are liars, and you will no longer see the magnitude of your own sins. If you compare yourself the sins of others it's easy to convince yourself that you're not as bad as they are. Let me ask you this question. Is the end result any different for a person who never got saved versus a person who got saved but never lives for Christ? I'm pretty sure most of you will agree it won't matter which section of hell one can end up in, none of them are good.

It's not the sins you have that others know about that you need to worry about. You need to worry about the sins that you think you're getting away with. This woman was open and didn't try to hide. She made no excuses and therefore she was forgiven. She was talked about but she was forgiven. She was despised by other but forgiven by God. What is it that really motivates you? Are you more motivated for the pleasures of this world or for God? Anyone can say God. Wonderful. But where is the evidence in your life living to show what you say? People who literally live some of the worst ways possible win awards and stand up say they want to thank God. Saying God doesn't save you. Accepting Him is what saves you.

You have a chance right here and now to be cleaned and to stay clean. You have a chance to walk away from some things that clearly mean you no good. You have a chance to be delivered and set free. You have a chance to truly become brand new in Christ. You have a chance for old things to pass away and for all things to become new. Do you really want to miss out on that by continuing to live for yourself? Do you really want to miss an eternal life with God? This world is temporary. The things in it won't always be here. Christ is here forever. There is no time limit to that. 

Put away the foolish things in your life. Take those secrets out of the closet and put them in the trash where they belong. Free yourself from the obvious sins while praying and asking God to free you from those things you are not even aware of. Be healed and be made whole. See the goodness of Jesus in a way that is unhindered. Stop looking over your shoulders and be free to worship and praise God. Come out of the darkness and enter into the light. Now is the time. Not next week or tomorrow which are not promised to you. Now is your time. Now is the time to finally be what you were created to be. You have choice to choose good or evil. I pray you choose not only good but that you an eternal life with Christ!

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,

Bishop Carlos J. Lennon