No to Self-Righteousness

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, of even as this publican.” Luke 18:10-11

Luke 18:9 says, “and he spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” The Pharisee would have continued to say that he fasted twice per week and gave tithes of all that he possessed (Luke 18:12). This is the perfect example of what self-righteous looks like. Self-praise and self-recognition.

This parable was a warning to his disciples and to us as well, to avoid this type of mindset so that we can stay connected to God. The Pharisee committed idolatry by praising himself and not God, he expected something from God because of what he believed he did, and not because of God’s grace and mercy towards him. But I am determined to be like the publican, who stood there and humbly asked God to have mercy upon him, a sinner. Not because of any thing that he did right, but because of God’s grace and mercy. None of us should believe that lie, that we deserve anything from God, we must always see ourselves like that publican, who cried out from a place of humility and gratefulness.

Jesus made it clear to his disciples that day, saying, “I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house justified rather than the other (the pharisee). For everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased (ashamed) and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14).

Let the Lord exalt you and never forget that we are all sinners saved by grace. Here is a great reminder in song. Sing with me. “Sinner Saved by Grace” (Gaither Vocal Band).

If you could see what I once was
If you could go with me
Back to where I started from
Then I know you would see
A miracle of love that took me in its sweet embrace
And made me what I am today
Just an old sinner saved by grace.

I’m just a sinner saved by grace
When I stood condemned to death
He took my place
Now I live and breathe in freedom with each breath of life I take
Loved and forgiven
Back with the living
I’m just a sinner saved by grace

How could I boast of anything I’ve ever seen or done?
How could I dare to claim as mine the vict’ries God has won?
Where would I be had God not brought me gently to this place? I’m here to say I’m nothing but a sinner saved by grace…

Let us pray:  Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me never to forget that I am just a sinner saved by grace, in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.

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Published by Sheila D.Currie Blake

A Christian by the grace of God. Author of Devine Intervention And Disagree In Love. Motivational Speaker and Intercessor. A proud mother of three awesome children. Two of which are currently serviing in the United States Military. A firm believer in family values and principles.

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