1 Daily Devotional Monday

“And He told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and viewed others with contempt: ‘Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector’” (Luke 18:9-10).

When Jesus tells a story prompted by arrogance, pride, and self-righteousness, you just know it’s not going to end well. Many are still shocked that the outright sinner, and a recipient of such public scorn as a tax collector, has better standing before God than does the religious establishment that perform their piety to gain the admiration of others. The irony of God’s favor is that it’s only by declaring spiritual bankruptcy that one can partake in the riches of God’s grace and mercy.

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