North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Week 6 – Devotional 3

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Scripture: Luke 18:9-14

Part of human beings’ judgmentalism, if we’re really honest with ourselves, is that we feel better when we can look down on other people. This tendency is true of nearly everyone, including devout religious people. Even as we seek to please God, we are tempted to make ourselves feel better in our devotion if we convince ourselves we’re more devoted than the next person. Jesus is asking us to unlearn this habit. Look at the parable in today’s passage: the hated, wicked tax collector is the hero because he owns his sinfulness before God and asks for mercy. He is the one justified in this story, while the Pharisee continues to trust in his own righteousness.

REFLECT

Have you ever had private thoughts like this Pharisee’s, i.e. “Thank God I’m not like _______”?

Why is it so harmful and inaccurate to think this way about others?

Make a list of all the areas of your life in which you currently need God’s mercy.

RESPOND

Take time to thank God for his mercy in each area you listed above.

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