Sunday, May 28, 2017
Study Passage: Luke 18:9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- What are the differences between the ways the Pharisee and the Tax Collector approach God?
- What is God’s response to each of them? Why?
- Who are the Pharisees and Tax Collectors in your life? How can you extend God’s grace and love to them?
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank Jesus for rescuing you from sin; ask him to soften your heart toward the saints and sinners in your life.
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