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Be Merciful


It’s easy to fall into this trap - judging others instead of looking in the mirror. Jesus taught us to be compassionate and to love others in spite of their sin - to forgive. Our selfish nature is always going to lean the other way, though. So, we have to fight our natural inclinations every day - that’s not what our culture promotes and it isn’t the easy way. Jesus told this parable


“Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’


I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”” Luke‬ ‭18:9-14‬ ‭NLT‬

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