Luke 18:9-14, tells us the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector. In this parable, the pharisee was praying to God. He was praying to God about his own righteousness, and he prayed looking down on all those who sinned. He prayed thanking God that he is not like the robbers, evil doers, adulterers, and even the man who was there praying, the tax collector.
The tax collector came to pray a simple prayer. He pounded on his chest and said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
Who do you think God forgave? If we go to God, claiming our righteousness and mock others, we are claiming to be without sin and we all know that there is only one man that was without sin. And that man died so that we can be forgiven.
Rather than do what the pharisee has done, we should all pray like the tax collector, admitting our sins. In this way, we can be cleansed of our sins and be purified from all things unrighteousness.
Todays devotion comes from:
1 John/1 Yauhas 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Yog peb lees peb lub txim Vajtswv ncaj ncees thiab tso siab tau, nws yuav daws peb lub txim thiab ntxuav peb tej kev phem huvsi mus.