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Luke 18:9-14

Jesus was a master at teaching through illustration, and the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector praying in the temple is one of the best in my book. In just a few short verses, Jesus makes it clear that it's all about our hearts, and God desires a humble heart.

So how do we move down the road from being like that Pharisee (full of pride and arrogance) toward the tax collector (have mercy on me) as far as our hearts and attitudes are concerned? Tami W.

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To make that change from the Pharisee to the tax collector in prayer, we really need to see ourselves for who we are - lowly sinners, looking to a great and merciful God. We need to come to God openly & honestly, recognizing who we really are.

If only we can take God for who He is, then we will not take pride as our clothe. Anyone that one to fall easily, should imbibe pride and arrogance. We should always let our heart and attitude be for God.

I was reminded of the words to a song when I read this today:

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours.

The more I come to read and study God's Word, the more humble I find myself in the eyes of God and I remember my true place His creation: repentant sinner that I am, yet child of His everlasting, ever faithful love. Thank you, Jesus!

For me to keep from going down the same road as the Pharisees I need to realize who they were. Now when we hear "Pharisee" we think of hypocrites, judgmental people who were full of pride and arrogance. Pharisee has become a bad word in our day. Back in Jesus' day, however, these were the people who "had it all together in their walk with God". They were the gold star, extra credit type people. They were, at least at the outset, sincere in their desire for godliness and holiness. Yet these were the people whom Jesus spoke against. It would be as though today Jesus talked about missionaries or pastors, or a Bible teachers, or deacons (all people whom we respect and want to emulate) in the same way as He did Pharisees. For me to see who the Pharisees were helps to serve as a wake up call/warning for me.

Jesus, through The Word is our greatest teacher. We have faith in Him. He has taught us to pray, "Our Father in Heaven...." and it is He who has illustrated the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican and both these prayers to me are very humble so we must learn from what He says and as Ed says when we do pray, "come to God openly and honestly" and might I add, penitently.

The very best to you all this weekend, and may we contain to pray for others and ourselves giving God praise and thanks for His grace,mercy, compassion and forgivensss.

When I read this passage I'm reminded of the importance of not judging others- there's only one judge- GOD! When I fall into the trap of judging others and/or not showing compassion, I'm like the Pharisee- blinded by my own 'goodness'. When I do stumble, I ask God for forgiveness. We're so blessed to have a loving God. Our Savior bore our sins on the cross and I am thankful for His saving grace.

Bill Gaither said it best when he said he was just a sinner saved by grace. Listen to this song on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcMeUqPDypo .

Just want to say thanks to Jimmy B for pointing me to Bill Gaither's "Sinner saved by grace". Thanks to everyone for the inspiring comments. To all mothers, Happy Mother's Day and May God continue to guide and lead you.

Great song thanks for mentioning it Kevin. I think it's good if we just keep in mind what God has done for us even though we don't deserve it.

I need to remember who I am in Christ and WHOSE I am!!!! Thanks Kevin for summing it up so beautifully...."repentant sinner that I am, yet child of His everlasting, ever faithful love." Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1Peter 1:3NIV) So very much to be grateful for.

Love that song Kevin! I think like insurance guy it helps to think about who the Pharasee's were and why Jesus dispised them. I know I'm not perfect but there was a time I thought I was and it was truly a blessing for me the read in God's words these exact scriptures that pointed out my bad behaviors. I am a sinner and I thank God for saving me. Jesus paid it all. Happy Mother's Day

I have to be honest and say that sometimes I am like the Pharisee. I have to stop and humble myself to be the real me who needs a God that loves and forgives him, when I error. I find this attitude usually raises itself when things are going just the way I want them....It is at those times that I pray i learn that I must humble myself and say "Thank you" to God and His Son for being in my life.

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