Someone asked a great question in response to my post last week on Simon the Pharisee:
Much like the two sons in the prodigal son story, how necessary is it to be the younger son to appreciate the Father?
In other words, do we have to sin more grossly in order to be able to comprehend how much we have been forgiven so that we can "love much"?
It seems to me that self-righteousness poses challenges that are similar to wealth in terms of how hard it is to get into the kingdom. If you think you are righteous on your own, you don't believe you need the forgiveness Jesus has to offer. If you are wealthy, you do not need the treasures Jesus has to offer. The poor and …