Blessings of Being Humble Before God

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:

‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else.

For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin,

and I don’t commit adultery.

I’m certainly not like that tax collector!

“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 18:11, 13-14

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