This history begins at the 37th verse, and furnishes us with this useful hint of instruction - that the greatest sinners may be the objects of distinguishing love and the trophies of divine mercy. We have an instance of this in Manasseh. ... A similar instance we have now before us. The woman here spoken of is in the foregoing verse called a sinner; that is, one of a profligate and infamous character so that the Pharisee, in whose house Christ now was, wondered that he should suffer her to approach him. Yet her present conduct bespeaks her a sincere convert, a real Christian. Those members which had been instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, are now used to express the ardour of her love and the sincerity of her repentance.
In the conduct of this penitent we may observe the following particulars
5. Witness the ardour of her love to Christ She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment
After all, remember, that though our tears may wash Christ's feet; yet rivers, nay, an ocean of them cannot cleanse our own hearts. He himself must wash us or we have no part in him. The blood of Jesus Christ his Son, and that only, cleanseth us from all sin. ... If thou diest a martyr for Christ it will be of little service, unless he died as a sacrifice for thee. Thou shall never be saved for thy repentance; and yet thou shall not be saved without it. Art thou tempted to despair; to think thy sins so great, and thy case so singular, that there is no mercy for thee? Remember the case of this woman; and the Lord grant that her experience may be thine!
Her love she now imparts.