We’ve All Been There Part 2 of 2

We’ve All Been There Part 2 of 2

Romans 12:3 says “For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith.” We are all capable of sinning in some form or fashion. Just thinking that you are better because you didn’t commit a particular sin is sin in itself. It is pride.

In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells a parable about a pharisee and a tax collector. They both went into the temple to pray.  Verses 11 and 12 says “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.” The Tax collector’s prayer was different. “But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus said the tax collector left justified. When we take on a “better-than” attitude, it is almost as if we are exalting ourselves. Jesus said in verse 14 that who ever humbles themselves will be exalted and who ever exalts themselves will be humbled.

We will not be perfect until we get to Heaven. Every time we overcome something in one area of our lives, another is presented and we have to overcome something else. Let Romans 3:23 be a constant reminder to thank God for His grace and mercy each day. If you have found yourself to be like the pharisees in this area, take some time to ask God to forgive you. We want to be just like Jesus in every area of our lives. Jesus wasn’t pideful we shouldn’t be either.

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