Pharisee

Have you ever been reading along in your Bible and a verse makes you go . . .

“Ouch?”

John 9:16, “Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath day.’ ” Modern English Version

I grew up on Bible Schools and the rules were strict, really strict. (We took naps on Sundays.) Our list of “don’ts” was longer than other Jesus follower’s lists. The problem is, I thought all believers used the same list! They don’t!

A good example is a Bible Study I remember, where the teacher admonished us not to use “minced oaths,” words like: “darn,” “gosh,” “heck,” “goldarned.” Like I said, strict!

Anyway . . . my thinking changed and I relaxed my “unwritten rules” for believers . . . unless they were in leadership. Whenever a worker would violate something on the list, I would think they were unworthy to serve. Today, God showed me that I had Pharisee tendencies. I’m grateful that God even forgives that!

Dear Father God,

Forgive me for every time I judged another believer. Thank You for the reminder that we were all born in sin and we will continue to fail. I’m glad all I have to do is repent, (see 1 John 1:9). It is through my flaws and cracks that Your light shines.Thank You for grace.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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