Saturday, September 09, 2017

Wilson: our good acts?

Saturday, September 9, 2017
    [Jesus:] “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—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 everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
    —Luke 18:10-14 (NIV)
    The devil never tempts us with more success than when he tempts us with a sight of our own good actions.
    ... Thomas Wilson (1663-1755), Maxims of Piety and of Christianity, London: Macmillan, 1898, p. 115 (see the book)
    See also Luke 18:10-14; 1 Sam. 15:13-23; Isa. 1:13-17; 65:8; Matt. 6:1,5,16; 15:7-9; 19:16-22; Luke 20:47; Eph. 2:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, do whatever You require to get rid of my pride.
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