The incredible danger in my life is the lurking of the Pharisee. Reading the Common English Bible helps me identify that ugliness a bit better.
Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust… (Luke 18:9)
I am tempted in this way. It’s that attitude I need serious help on when it comes to how I gauge others and their opinions.
We all have that Pharisee attitude of spiritual arrogance lurking. In any argument, from the “Ham on Nye” debate on creationism to political debates on social justice… the gamut is full of temptation to look at the other side with disgust.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, the order of asking forgiveness is important. We ask the Lord to forgive us first. It is a necessary step to understand our true position before God. What we think of ourselves in relationship to others is muted severely at the presence of Jesus.
Forgive us our debts…