The Woman Who Loved

The Woman Who Loved
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About Mary

Long long ago there lived a woman named Mary. This was a woman who had known many a hard and hopeless day. She had turned to prostitution just to make a living.

Wherever she went she felt the blows of scorn, hatred and rejection. There seemed to be no hope for Mary, no hope that is, until the day she heard about a man who was captivating the hearts of her people.

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Mary Hears about Jesus

In the little village where Mary lived, rumors and stories about a God-man were spreading like wild-fire. Mary tried to make sense of what she heard as she pondered what people were saying. Whoever he was, he had a large following and everyone who met him was stirred up in their own way, some with anger and some with wonder and awe.

These stories were astounding and miraculous. All of them pointed to this man named Jesus. Those who had been drawn to Jesus talked about a love He possessed which was all encompassing, a greater love than she had ever experienced or known

One day, as Mary was walking through the courtyard, her attention was drawn to a man who was speaking to a group of people gathered around him. She noted that his eyes were filled with light and joy. She drew a bit closer so she could hear what he was saying, "Friends, Jesus is no ordinary man," he exclaimed, "He is the son of the living God, the God of Israel. It is God himself who sent His son to earth to teach us all about himself and to give us hope." The man motioned his hands animately and excitedly as he urged the people, "Come, you must see him for yourselves."

The crowd grew noisy as everyone began to talk at once. Mary walked away quietly pondering these things in her heart. "If Jesus is the son of God I must find a way to see him." A deep ache of longing rose within her. "Oh, if only I could catch a glimpse of this God-man, I know my empty heart would be filled and satisfied for the rest of my days."

A few days later Mary learned that very soon Jesus would be meeting with some important men in a nearby city. Upon hearing this news she felt her heart leap within her chest. Her thoughts raced with excitement and anticipation. Perhaps she would have a chance to lay her eyes upon Jesus.

Thoughts began to whirl around in her head. How could she honor this God-man who came to earth to show mankind His love? The one, they said, who performed so many miraculous acts. The one man who might love her just as she was. A man like none she had ever known.

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Mary Honors Jesus

The long awaited day finally arrived. The day when Jesus was to come to the city nearby. Mary had already prepared for the moment she would lay her eyes on him. She carried her most prized alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. She had purchased her gift with the money she had tucked away for many years.

Entering the city she searched for the place he was to be. As she passed by Simon's home she spied Jesus on the patio reclined at a table. She felt deep distress when she noted that the Savior’s feet were still thick with the dirt of the road. The custom of the day was to wash the feet of a guest in your home, yet no one had administered this simple courtesy to Jesus. No one had washed Jesus feet.

Although it was not acceptable for a woman to enter a man's meeting place, Mary quietly, yet quickly, entered Simon's home and fell at Jesus feet. She was moved with compassion and a deep, deep love for the one man she felt would love her, even though He knew all about her. As she lifted her eyes she found Jesus looking intently into her own eyes. At that moment a confidant knowing filled her being. All she had heard was true. This man was no ordinary man, he was holy and he loved like no man had ever loved.

Mary's feelings could not be contained as the contrast between the sinlessness of Jesus and her own marked and stained life hit her. Her tears splashed down upon Jesus' feet so profusely that they covered and cleansed them. Through her watery tear filled eyes she struggled to open the prized alabaster jar. Dipping her hand in the ointment she smoothed the expensive perfume onto his feet. There was no towel available. Thinking quickly she untied her hair (another no-no of that time) and wiped his feet dry with her dark and luxurious locks.

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Of All the Nerve

Simon looked on with contempt. "How dare this despicable woman of the streets enter my house! Of all the nerve; she just snuck in and threw herself at Jesus." Has she no shame? How did she get past the servants?"

As Simon scrutinized the scene before him he struggled to control himself. While holding himself in check he felt a loathing and repulsion swelling up within his chest. At the same time an eager anticipation grew for the moment Jesus would reproach her.

Simon sat very still as he intensely studied Jesus' face. He was surprised and puzzled when he observed a softness of expression on his countenance. Jesus, who had already read Simon's thoughts, turned and spoke to him, "I have something to say to you Simon." Simon's eyebrows lifted as he wondered, "You have something to say to me?" but instead replied simply, "Tell me teacher."

Jesus then told Simon a story in the form of a parable. "A man lent money to two people. To one he loaned 50 pieces of silver; To the other 500. Neither person could repay the debt. The lender, because of the kindness in his heart, chose to forgive them both and cancel their debt." Next came the penetrating question: “Which debtor do you think, loved him more after that?”

Of course the answer was obvious and so Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven." Jesus answered, "You have judged correctly."

The one who is forgiven most loves most. "Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47

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An Everlasting Love

According to the custom of the day Simon had shown no honor to his highly respected guest, Jesus. Simon did not greet Jesus with a kiss nor had he washed Jesus feet or even offered water for him to wash his own feet. No oil was placed upon his head.

Yet, this supposed despicable woman demonstrated her devotion and worship of Jesus by going beyond mere courtesy. She humbled herself in complete adoration and heartfelt service at his feet. She honored him with all that she possessed.

This woman, whom society despised, had touched the heart of the one man who loved her in spite of herself. Her heart surrendered to the only man who had ever truly loved her. In response to this devotion, Jesus set her free from her sin.

The woman who loved, found in Jesus, an everlasting love.

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Reflection

The Woman Who Loved

  • Caused me to evaluate my Attitudes - Do I look at others as Simon did, judging people by circumstances or sin?
  • Led me to worship Jesus for loving me (just as he loved Mary) not because of what I've done but in spite of it.
  • Is a story I learned in Sunday School, it's just a story
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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi and welcome mothersofnations. I too love the story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus sweet love for her. A beautiful picture of one who humbled herself before her Lord as the crowd jeered. Jesus used it as a moment to teach truth to the religious people who thought themselves superior.

So you have that picture on your laptop - surely a picture is worth a thousand words. God Bless you dear lady!

Mekenzie


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

I absolutely love the history of Mary Magdalene and Jesus. I cannot express it with words...

Beautifully written as you've brought her back to life, sharing with others the glory of the Lord. God bless you.

(PS the picture you posted of Mary M and Jesus is my laptop home screen and personal Facebook cover, and I added scripture Luke 10:42)


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

MsDora, Mary is a picture of the grace of our Savior. Her heart so longed to honor Jesus which she did in a tenderhearted extravagant manner.

How surprised Simon must have felt when Jesus turned to him and not Mary to find that it was he himself in the place of judgement. Man looks at the outside - God see's the heart.

Thanks for coming by and leaving your thoughts - an encouragement to me this day.

God Bless You!

Mekenzie


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Mekenzie, this Mary is one of my favorite Bible women. Your last statement says it all, and can be true of every woman who loves Jesus as sincerely as she does. Thank you.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Christy, your comment .. "I am now thinking about Jesus and the story," makes me smile from ear to ear as this, of course, is the goal of any writer to create a connection between the story and the reader.

In this case the story has everything to do with Jesus and His love

It's all too easy to judge people by outward appearance ... and it's so wrong. Only God see's the heart.

Thanks for your sweet encouragement.

Blessing to you!

Mekenzie


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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I am now thinking about Jesus and the story... Thanks for helping motivate us. I try not to judge others as this has been done to me and really is hurtful. The God we love wishes us the best and takes care of us, of that I believe. Thanks for a wonderful hub.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi my Sweet Sista' Skye, You always show up with a heart full of love and encouragement - I treasure you and your heart. You really did write a hub about this story too? How amazing is that - Yes - do tell me when it is published. I agree that we can read just one story (in the Bible) and uncover more truth upon sitting down again and again - that's the word of God - unlike any other - God breathed.

Thanks for coming to check on me, I've written less of late but when I am moved - the words just flow. I love you too Skye and feel so blessed to have met you here on the hubs - a heart so hungry for the one true God is an inspiration to all!

Hugs!!

Mekenzie


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Mek My dear sister. Precious gem that you are. Blessings. I love how you wrote the story with such heartfelt love and passion for Jesus Christ. This is uncanny but several days ago I wrote a hub in relation to this story. It is not published yet, but soon. I will keep you posted. Amazing how much we can learn from just one story. We could go back and back to it and alwasys grow in Christ. Amazing Grace how sweet it is.

I love your writing and have checked in on occasion to see what's new. I am grateful to see you put out a couple of hubs. May Gods favor continue to shine on you and yours. Keep going girl I know you breathe Jesus Christ. I just love you sister. Beautiful and up and shared. Skye


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello healthmunsta ... your comment melts my heart. :) I too am taken by this powerful story which demonstrates the difference between those who claim to be religious and the true believer who responds to Jesus love with devotion and worship.

Thank you for sharing dear girl and may God draw you close to His heart as you discover how great is the Fathers love for you and for me.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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healthmunsta 2 years ago

Wow! What a beautiful story! Hearing it for the first time, and it has touched me deeply in ways I cannot describe! There are many lessons to be learned from this, including the sheer love this 'despicable woman of the streets' had for Jesus. Though I am not Christian, I'm sharing this with my friends! Thank you for softening my heart! :,)


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi billy, Wonderful to have you visit my hub. :)

It would be astounding if ALL people who read the Bible lived lives of love.

Unfortunately there are those who read but do not 'see.' Know what I mean?

Man looks at the outward BUT God see's the heart as portrayed in this story, "The Woman Who Loved."

Righteous Simon was dead wrong about love and relationship to Jesus. Simon's faith was in religion not Jesus. Mary was honored by Jesus in spite of her sin - Simon was rebuked for the darkness of his heart.

I truly appreciate you Billy - your hubs have helped so many of us who strive to be better writers and communicators!

Bless YOU!

Mekenzie


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It is a beautiful story for sure, Mekenzie. I would be ecstatic if all the people who read the Bible lived lives of love. Wouldn't that be something to behold?

Thanks for the reminder of what life is all about.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi teaches, I am thankful you found the hub inspirational. Jesus' love reaches out to us ... as you say love transpired the dimension of heaven and earth.

I see Mary as so very humble too and also deeply moved with gratitude for the one man who would love her and reached her right where she was.

Thank you for your encouragement - I need to stop by your hubs for a read. I've had a busy few months but it looks like the schedule is freeing up and allowing me some time to write and read more on the hubs. Yeah!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Thank you for the inspiration! Yes, this has caused me to think about the love of Jesus. Mary was a great example of how much his love transpired the dimension of heaven and earth. She was such a humble woman and I am thankful that she was obedient to the call.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey Jackie, As I wrote this hub I imagined myself in Mary's place and the emotions she must have experienced. As the word about Jesus was spreading I think hope must have built within her.

I imagine Mary caught the purity and heart of Jesus and as she did she despised her own sinfulness and turned away from it surrendering everything to the Savior.

You said, "it's so important to keep praise and prayer in our thoughts to keep sin out." I agree that we must guard our hearts and minds and also do frequent inspection of what we hold in them.

He came that we might have life and have it abundantly. How great is the love the Father has for us.

Thanks for the visit and insight on this hub. I appreciate your comments and kindness!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great story and I have given this thought many times. Of course we should not become a bigger sinner to have more forgiven but learn to appreciate all that he forgives we probably are not even mindful of. I would say much sin is in our lives even when we don't realize it, so important to keep praise and prayer in our thoughts to keep sin out.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

It's called the Battlefield of the Mind. The enemy seeks to destroy us by putting lies into our heads. When we believe the lies we live in defeat.

We need God's word to store up truth and attack the enemies lies when He comes.

Jesus gives us what we need - it's up to us to grab hold of it and rebuke the lies in Jesus name.

We are on the same page Sister and I thank God for the example you set for so many.

Blessings and Thanks!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yes, He remembers no more and we should be mindful of such when the enemy comes and whispers those false imaginations in our ears to get us to not believe our sweet Lord God. When satan tries to do such, I try to be mindful of what is really going on, and that it is not God, but the enemy and rebuke him in Jesus' name.

Yes, there are so many important things He has us to focus on for sure dear one.

Hugs and much love, Faith Reaper


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Faith, I too am glad to be writing again. I've had a lot of changes in the last few months and it's taken my concentration from writing to other important things in life. :)

Yes, Jesus does love us not for who we are but in spite of ourselves. So often we live in a state of feeling like a failure rather than remember there is NO condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus.

When He forgives He removes our sin as far as the East is from the West. How I praise Him for His steadfast love!

Thank you for reading and sharing; I always appreciate your comments and your heart.

Love and Hugs!

Mekenzie


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Awesome Dear Mekenzie! So glad to see you here writing. I have missed you. Yes, indeed, these are for sure exciting, astounding and miraculous stories. I am so glad He loves me for who I am and that He is not finished with me yet, as I have a long way to go no doubt about it.

Up and more and sharing.

Hugs and blessings to you and yours,

Faith Reaper

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