It is inherent in human beings to want a little praise and recognition. The downfall can be when we get the praise, we let it go to our heads and think ourselves better than others, or when we do not get the praise, we are offended. In this parable, the Pharisee is prideful and considers himself better than the tax collector. On the other hand, the tax collector knowing he is a sinner simply asks for mercy. Jesus explains that the tax collector was justified before God because he humbled himself. When we choose to be humble in all things, we will be less likely to get offended or think we are better than someone else.
Questions for further thought:
1. When has pride been your downfall?
2. What were some of the consequences of your pride?
Challenge: Ask God to show you where in your life you might be prideful.
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