The unexpected members of the Kingdom of God

Wisdomforlife

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.”

“The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’” (Luke 18:9-13).

Notice the difference 

The proud (he claims superior status)

  • some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else
  • one a Pharisee
  • stood up and prayed about himself (or standing by himself, praying)
  • thanks God for his state of being righteous

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