Luke 18:9 ‘To some who are confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable…….one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector.’
Jesus shows in this parable how unrighteous the Pharisee was before God. Our LORD Jesus often criticises and rebukes the religious of the day – the Pharisees and Sadducees. Is our LORD also giving us a message as religious people of faith today to be very guarded against self-righteous thinking? – “I am better than my neighbour because….” This is such a challenging Scripture as it is very easy to be lured by the enemy into a Pharisee way of thinking, one can judge others according to one’s own sense of self-righteousness…….this is pride before God. Be encouraged to reach out and love others…we are given great perspective by John 8:7 ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…’ Loving others and encouraging them to live a God fearing and Spirit- filled life is better than looking down and judging others in our hearts, actions and or in using hostile/proud self-righteous words.
Prayer. Holy Father, please guide all your children to celebrate our faith in absolute humility. Please heal Debra, Kevin, Trish, Fr Stanley, Chad, Charlotte and Gill and all those who read this mail who carry an unexpressed brokenness. Amen.