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the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to
heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a
sinner.' 14 "I
tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified
before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted."
taught that God sees the injustices of our world and will one day
bring justice and set all things right. Jesus warned those who looked
down at others and felt a little too sure of their own goodness. He
told them that truly righteous people understand they are sinners, and
have a deep sense of their need for mercy. Humility is the mark of
Response and Action:
want to be humble before God and others. I want to be quicker to see
the sin in my own life than to notice the faults of others. I will
deal with the log in my own eye before trying to help others with the
speck in theirs. I want to draw upon God’s grace for living a
righteous life. I will be careful to give God glory for any good thing
he does in me. I will put aside arrogance and self-congratulation and
depend on God to lift me up at the right time.
God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Thank you for your son, Jesus, who
has brought your grace and forgiveness to me. Help me to follow him in
humility and full surrender. Thank you for the promise of redemption
Christ brings for me and for the whole world. Give me the wisdom and
the strength to join him in his redemptive work today, as he lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Why Sin Matters: The Surprising Relationship between Our Sin and God's Grace
by Mark R. McMinn