Luke 18:9-10, 14b NIV 2011
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Jesus consistently spoke the Truth to each crowd that gathered to hear Him speak. Luke 16:15, “He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts.’” He even zeroed in on those who were pious and thought they were the chosen ones. The Pharisee thanked God that he was not like the rest of the world or the tax collector. The tax collector said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Humble hearts open the door to God’s forgiveness.
There was a time in my life when I felt unworthy of God’s forgiveness. I believed the lie that I could just do whatever I wanted. In 1978 I cried out to God and asked for His forgiveness. That began my journey back consistently walking right beside Him. He forgave me and the two of us began. The road was not without deep, deep valleys and awesome mountaintops, but it’s the only one I want to walk. It’s a daily step-by-step process together. My heart humbled to God, I’m forgiven.
How humble is our heart toward others?
Thankful He forgives,