This is what God gave me today in His word:
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.” (Luke 18:9-14)
Most Christians will tell you that, in this parable, they identify with the tax collector, and were disgusted by the Pharisee (myself included). And this is quite a good stance to have; the tax collector’s cry for forgiveness is something we should all relate to, while the Pharisee’s prideful speech to God is something we should all try to avoid. But how many of us really do relate to the tax collector?
Living up to what we say is important, especially when it comes to salvation. So, we should ask ourself: are we living lives where we demean other’s, or do we forgive and overlook things? Do we think that we can do anything to save ourself, or are we secure in the knowledge that Jesus’ death and Resurrection has paid for all of our sins? And finally, are we begging God for forgiveness, and asking Him to give us the strength to stop, or do we act like we can somehow forgive ourself by our own actions?
If we are living as the Pharisee was, it’s time we beg for forgiveness.
You are Loved!