“Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”” (Luke 7:47–48 HCSB)

Jesus lays out the arithmetic of grace for his disciples, the Pharisees, and a woman who had “many sins.”

The arithmetic of grace says that the one who has been forgiven more will love the forgiver more than the one who has been forgiven less.  More forgiveness equals more love and more love equals grace abounding.  As the Tyndale Commentary puts it here:

“It is consistent New Testament teaching that, no matter how many and how great the sins, God’s grace can forgive them.”

There is no sin too great for grace, no collection of sins that grace cannot overcome.  The woman wiped her own hair on Jesus’ feet using her own tears because she understood that she was a great sinner and that Jesus was a great Savior.  The Pharisees stood back in contempt because they held the woman in contempt and felt that everyone else should hold her in contempt as well.

They missed grace.  Their sins were not forgiven.

She found grace.  Her sins were forgiven.

How about you, dear reader?