September 25, 2010

Justified sinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 5:59 pm

Luke 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner!14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

Two men appear before a judge.  The first pleads ‘not guilty’ based on a long list of laws that he has kept, despite being guilty of the offence he has actually been charged with.  The second pleads guilty to the offence, asks for other offences to be taken into consideration and asks the judge not to give him the maximum sentence.  An honest, fair and merciful judge would have more leniency on the second man due to his complete transparency and acknowledgement of his crimes.  That man would be the one who would be least likely to reoffend as he was not in denial about his offences – he would recognise the greatness of the mercy he was offered.

How often do I take Your mercy for granted because I think I’m quite good at keeping Your laws?  I’m not.  I’m a sinner the same as everyone else and am only set free by Your unbelievable mercy.  Help me to rest in that rather than my feeble efforts at righteousness.


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