How much should we love Jesus?
Luke 7:47 Therefore I tell you, because her many sins have been forgiven, she has loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.
Jesus went on to give a parable on loans. That if one had borrowed 500 denarii, and the other 50 denarii. Then they became broke. Then the lender freely forgave them. The one who had borrowed 500 denarii would feel more indebted to the lender. And there he would love and appreciate him more.
How much we love Jesus, or how much we have surrendered to Him, or are willing to sacrifice for Him, depends on how we perceive the sins that Jesus has already forgiven us. We love Him back at the same degree.
I have seen people who worshipped other gods convert to Christianity and end up becoming the most committed of Christians. Muslims, Hindus, atheists. When they realize the amount of time they wasted worshipping other gods, they love Jesus more deeply. They recognize the grace of God, that brought them out of darkness.
Luke 8:1-3: Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.
And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
Mary Magdalene is our good example. She had been possessed by the 7 demons, then Jesus delivered her. Jesus knew how much she loved Him. She gave herself completely to His ministry. And that is why after the other disciples left the tomb, Mary magdalene remained, alone. Being near a tomb very early in the morning is quite scary too. But she stayed and weeped deeply for the Lord.
And He heard her and appeared to Her first. Not to the Rock Peter, nor to the one he loved most, John; not to His mother, but to Mary magdalene. Because she loved him so intimately. She felt she was lost and finished without Him. Because of where He snatched Her from.
Do you think that Mary Magdalene or the Lady at the feet of Jesus are more sinful than us. They were probably proud, or worldly in some ways like desiring riches, or living impure life, probably. But it is the lenses that she used to look at her past that made her recognize how much she had hurt the Lord. We are guilty too.
Matthew 5: 27-28 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If we have committed any of these sins physically, or in our hearts, we are equally guilty. When we look at our sins, in the same way, and recognize that we have probably committed all the 7 grave sins, we have been greedy, proud, lustful, envious, gluttonous, etc, then we have to be at the feet of Jesus, not just kissing His feet super visually in our prayer and good works, but to deeply desire to follow Him. And to do everything for Him alone. And to do every good works for Him alone.
Those who recieve his unconditional Mercy have nothing to worry about.