How to Discover the Key to Gratefulness

The more we realize how indebted we are to God and deserving of nothing but eternal punishment, the more grateful we will be for the many ways He and others benefit us.

One day Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus to his home for a meal. During the meal a repentant woman came in, wept over Jesus’ feet and then wiped His feet with her hair. Simon murmured against Jesus for letting an immoral woman touch Him, but Jesus said,

“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?” (Luke 7:41-42)

Simon answered that the one who was forgiven the most would be the most grateful. Jesus commended him for a right answer and then explained that the woman who was weeping had been forgiven many sins, and, therefore, she was very grateful to God.

The woman who washed Jesus’ feet was repentant for her many sins. Each of us is also guilty of many sins when we compare our lives to the holy standards of God’s Law. (See Exodus 20.)

We can follow her good example by repenting of our pride and willfulness and receiving the forgiveness that Christ has already provided for us by His death on the cross. (See John 3:1-17.)

“O, God, I recognise that I am a great sinner and deserving of eternal judgement. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for all my sin, and I do now receive Him as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for giving me eternal life.”