The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. Luke 18:11
In this parable, Jesus is trying to teach us a lesson on self-righteousness. Be careful with your gratitude. It’s not that we don’t owe God glory and honor for everything, …we do. But how we express our gratitude says a lot about how highly we feel about ourselves.
“There but for the grace of God, go I.” It sounds so good. But what are we really saying. Thank you God that I’m not like him or her.
The Pharisee was so sure he was privileged, faithful, living correctly that he failed to see how it made him judgmental of another. His arrogance caused him to be less compassionate.
What are you thankful for this year? Does your gratitude expose an impure attitude. Are you really thanking God for a profound impact on your life or just for making life more pleasant? If all the abundance and earthly ‘blessings’ were removed, would you still love God?
This Thanksgiving, let us not be grateful just for what we have but also for the power of the living Christ to love everyone. And let us remember to extend compassion to all in His name.
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