I was reading the story about the Pharisee and the tax collector this morning. It is so easy to play the role of the Pharisee at least for me. The material I’m reading asked the question “Who do I despise, where do my prejudices lie?” On the surface, I look pretty good. Yet the prejudices are deep in there and come out in my attitudes towards people. I know I come across as prejudiced and hypocritical to my oldest daughter but I chalk that up to her life choices that are not compatible with my values and what I hold dear. There seems to be a very fine line between being pharisaical and trying to live according to Christs principles.
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust. Psalm 103: 13,14
God help me watch my attidudes! Remind me again and again of your compassion to me.