Haughty or Humble
| There is no doubt
the proud, self-righteous Pharisee in the teaching of Jesus in Luke
eighteen was a haughty person, using prayer as a means of exalting himself
rather than praising God.
In contrast, there was the publican whose prayer exhibited humility and contriteness from beginning to end. His prayer was accepted while that of the Pharisee was rejected.
This teaching was originally given to those who trusted in themselves. Is it possible that we could fall victim to be deceived the same way? Are we like the Pharisees; clean on the outside but full of dead men's bones? Outwardly they seemed to be righteous but inwardly their heart was blighted.
The publican realized he sinned and sought forgiveness. Is not this the attitude we should have before God, being thankful for forgiveness?