Then Jesus told this story to some who had great self -confidence and scorned everyone else;
“Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a dishonest tax collector. The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:
” I thank You, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don’t sin, I don’t commit adultery, I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.”
But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying….
“O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.”
I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored..
I love this picture of truth and hope… As I was having my quiet time this morning, this story really struck a cord with me… How I need to be reminded that I am loved just as I am… right where I am..I will never get it all figured out, but I will always have my God..
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your constant gentleness and love… You are the perfect picture of pureness and hope… I so love your beauty. Thank you for your forgiveness every single day.. thank you for refreshing my heart that I don’t need to be perfect, or even close to that.. I am a sinner saved by your grace! Yaay God… You are the best..
I love you,
praying your peace in our lives..
In Jesus Name,
Live in Love :)