Father, we have all sinned and fall short of your glory in EVERY way. Thank you Lord that as we humble ourselves before you and turn from our wicked ways You will hear and heal us. In Jesus name. Amen.
When I was younger, I thought of the Pharisees as them, and I condemned them for their vanity and pride. Then I realized that Jesus had held up the behavior of the Pharisees as an example. So now when I read about the Pharisees I am no longer tempted to point a finger of condemnation. Instead, I just worry that I too could stumble into one of the same prideful traps.
Here in this parable Jesus explains how even prayer can be warped into sin.
Luke 18:9-14 (Today’s New International Version)
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax…
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