What is the lesson of Biblical story about the Pharisee and Publican


The book of Luke Luke 18:9-14 says, And he spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

As Christians, we need to be, reminded that God gave us the ability to preach the gospel, bring others to his kingdom through meekness, humbleness, humility, and humanity.

He told us that whosoever that exalted, which mean that if you are a boaster, you shall be, put to shame. Too often we forget that we do not control our lives, and everything that we do must be done to honour the wishes and instructions of the Almighty.

Mark 7:21-22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

Psalm 86:14 O God, the proud have risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. We praise your holy name and thank you for your blessings and tender mercies in Jesus name Amen