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“Partnering with the Spirit to facilitate freedom and destiny” This is our purpose statement at the SVCCN.

It is by partnering with the Great Counselor that we are able to see individuals find freedom.

One of my favourite Bible stories illustrating this partnership is found in Luke 7:26 – 8:3. Jesus had been invited to Simon the Pharisees’ home for supper. Culturally it was common courtesy for a host to offer a foot washing station for guests upon arrival. Unfortunately, Simon gave insult by not offering Jesus this basic politeness.

Luke tells us of an unnamed woman “who was a sinner” that crashes the party. She proceeds to bathe Jesus’ feet with her tears, anointing them with ointment, and drying them with her hair. Her identity is not revealed but she is clearly known by all in attendance. She had a ‘reputation’. Jesus responds to the shocked host with a question. ‘If two men owe a debt – one owes a lot and the second just a little and the holder of the debt forgives both which will be most grateful?’ The lesson was clear: this woman’s gratitude was in proportion to her great debt that had just been forgiven. 

Jesus understood the depth of her sorrow and saw that at her core she “loved much”. She might have been abused or emotionally crippled as a child; she might have sold herself as the only way to provide for herself or her family. None of that mattered in that moment. Her life direction had taken a radical curve. She risked everything for a chance to express her thankfulness to Jesus, not knowing what her boldness might cost her with the officials. 

Praise God, the Lord did not shun her or send her away in shame. Luke 7: 44 “ Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Jesus met that woman where she was and received her love gift with grace and openness. That’s what partnering with the Spirit is supposed to look like! Freedom and destiny is what the Lord offers us all.


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