So, You Think You’re More Spiritual?

Are you in a conflicted marriage? Are you looking at your spouse and thinking thoughts like, I read and know my Bible more than my partner. I pray more than my partner. I go to church more than my partner. My partner has had an affair. They use pornography. They have a temper. Maybe I should just divorce my partner and marry someone more spiritual.

This may be an opportunity to humble yourself, get your eyes off your spouse and remember Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector from 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.”

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