Jesus told this parable at a dinner hosted by a Pharisee. A “sinful” woman had pushed her way to the feet of Jesus, crying, wiping His feet with her hair and pouring perfume on His feet to the disgust of the guests. Even more amazing to the gathered guests, Jesus welcomed her, recognized her faith and forgave her sins.
Jesus compared the Pharisee and the sinful woman. Both needed forgiveness, but only one recognized her need. Her sins were overt and obvious, and she had nowhere to turn but the Savior. His sins were covert and hidden from all but God. His success led him to be prideful and oblivious to his great need for a Savior.
Be careful with a compliant child. It is tempting to forego a consequence because, “She is always so good!” But, we all need some failure to recognize our need for grace. Don’t let your child be carried away from God by his triumphs.
Parenting with design daily devotional