Have Mercy On Me, A Sinner


August 3, 2020

 

Read Luke 18: 9-14

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people-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 all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

Reflect

Do you identify more with the Pharisee or the tax collector?

 

During my teenage years, I was a good kid. I obeyed my parents and teachers, I worked and studied hard, I volunteered, read my Bible, and went to church. I did not drink or party or do drugs. I was not promiscuous.

 

One night at a youth group, some kids were confessing their sins and sharing their testimonies. I remember a thought that popped into my brain. “Wow, I am glad I’m not like these kids.”

 

Yikes. It hurts to remember that. Thankfully, I have come to recognize that this attitude is the very attitude Jesus rebuked. He got so angry at the Pharisees and called them “foolish” and “blind” and said, “Woe to you!” The people who seemed to be behaving correctly and were being “good,” were the ones that Jesus condemned. The tax collector who was dishonest and a traitor to his own people was “justified before God” because he recognized his sin and asked for God’s mercy. He knew that without God, He’d be lost. It wasn’t a matter of outward morality. It was a heart issue.

 

I was guilty of pride. I was a blind hypocrite. I professed to being a Christian but acted like I didn’t really need Christ. I couldn’t see the hidden sins in my own heart.

 

I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s work in my life for convicting me and showing me just how much I need a Savior. Whether you relate more to the Pharisee or the tax collector when it comes to outward morality, we all need Jesus in order to be justified. Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

 

Pray

Jesus, no matter how good I try to be, I will always fall short of Your standard. Have mercy on me, a sinner. Thank you that I am justified before God only because of You. Amen.


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Thank you Lord for reminding me I'm still human and I make mistakes but as long as I confess them to you I'm forgiven because of the blood of Jesus. I'm made anew in to Gods famiy and you will never leave me or forsake me. AMEN
Amen. Thank you Lord
A thought for the day! Luke 18:14b " For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one humbles himself will be exalted."
Just what I needed to hear today!
Lord have mercy on me a sinner...help me not look down on anyone but to check myself daily for the plank that's in my eyes
This was very good!
When God cteated man, He knew man would not be perfect so He already had a plan. I thank God for Jesus and Gis sacrifice.
This opened my mind a lot.
This is one of my absolute favorite verses - Amen and Amen - I need to keep grounded. It is so easy to be full of pride and think you would never have done "what that one did", but it is only by the grace of God you did not. I was taught in discipleship class this simple prayer - Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Once I have prayed it over myself I can pray it and use another's name. For me it a way to start prayer and then everything seems to flow. In today's culture there is so much violence and vulgarity, I have to keep reminded to pray for those especially.
Reality!!! We all seem to think sometimes we are better than others. WE ARE NOT!!! Christ died for us all no matter whether the sin is killing someone or lying. It’s all sin to him. Thank God for the gift of forgiveness. Thank you Jesus for Salvation.
I thank God for the finished work of Jesus at calvary. I wonder where I would be in current life. Praise God for His grace, I cannot finish it. Jane
Father God thank you for your grace and your son my savior Jesus ! Thank you for opening my eyes to see how sinful and wretched I am when I thought I was a good person ! I deserved wrath and you gave me grace and a savior! Thank You in Jesus name I pray! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Amen
I thank God for you David Jeremiah. I remember a time when I was a so proud of how well I was doing at work and messed up and the CEO a Christian caught me. Kindly talked to me Immediately the Holy Spirit convicted me. Pride comes before a fall. A lesson I never forgot. I am a sinner saved by Grace.
Guilty, but Jesus' mercy, grace, love and redemption saved me! Thank you for this powerful reminder and reality check! Lord, thank You that I am a sinner saved my grace through faith in You. Thank You for forgiving me for my unrighteousness, hypocrisy, and pride. I rejoice that you have justified me!
Amen. We must not boast. We must pray for each other whether believer or non-believers.
We all have to say and then repent to our LORD and SAVIOR.
It is by grace we have been saved not by works so that no one can boast. Is it good to be good, yes, but realize your actions are a gift from God. When I am weak or strong God gets all the glory. Thank you Jesus!
Amen
Thank you all for such a good devotion I’m also guilty at times so can we all pray one for another that God will turn our hearts from these things May God Live Through you all 🙏
I would identify with the tax collector than the Pharisee. I've been persecuted more times than I'd like to count.
Lord have mercy on me and I ask you to give me the strength to stay on the straight and narrow path.
God I thank you for your mercy for saving a sinner like me. Without you I am lost.
O Lord be merciful to me a sinner and save me.
Oh Lord our God thank you for reminding me we all have fallen short of your glory. Thank you for correction. In Jesus name Amen
I am extremely grateful Lord for these teachings......have mercy upon me oh Lord a Sinner
Father mercy on me I am very foolish and help lord amen