Be Humble (Part 1)

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (Matthew 23:12 ESV)

The Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14)

“Two men went up 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.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

  1. What did the Pharisees do? The Tax collector? How was the tax collector different from the Pharisee?
  2. What kind of attitude did the Pharisee have? What kind of attitude did the tax collector have? Who has a humble heart and a proud heart?
  3. Who is more sincere in praying? Which of these two prayers do you think was pleasing to God?
  4. Who do you think went away forgiven and “right with God”?
  5. Are there times when you are tempted to act like a Pharisee and be the judge of another person?

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