Luke 18:9-14 “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
What is God saying to me? I must never reach the place where I believe I am more righteous than other people. True humility lives in constant realization that God has been merciful to me, a sinner.
How will I obey? In response to the Cross, empowered by the Holy Spirit, I will walk in newness of life. However, I must live in constant realization of the grace and forgiveness that I need. I must never exalt myself over someone else.
Who will I tell? Rebecca
Do you believe you need God’s mercy today? That’s a good place to be.
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