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The Pharisee And The Publican

Key Verse

“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” (Luke 18:14).

Text — Luke 18:9-14


This parable contrasts godly sorrow with self-righteousness. The Pharisee went to the temple only to begin to praise himself for all his good deeds. The Publican, however, smote his chest and mourned for his sins. The truth of the matter is that the Almighty God considers what we count as our righteousness as nothing but filthy rags. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6). When an individual is confronted with the reality of his sinful life and the certainty of hell, the fellow would mourn in repentance to make his way right with God.

The best way to mourn for one’s sins is to confess and forsake them (Proverbs 28:13-14). When a sinner comes to God in humility without self-justification, he receives pardon. The one who prides himself on his religious works and self-righteousness delays God’s mercy and forgiveness. Humble yourself before God as you confess your sins for full salvation.


Humble yourself before God


 Self-righteousness hinders forgiveness.

Prayer for today

Dear Lord! Be merciful to me, a sinner.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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