Sorry, not sorry.
Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’
In this Scripture, Jesus was doing everything he could to get the Pharisees, or the religious leaders of the day, to recognize their sin and say sorry to the people they lead and to God. Their basic attitude could be summed up as, “Most people are worse than me. I do a lot of great things. I have nothing to be sorry about. Sorry, not sorry.” You can safely guess that they did not like Jesus’ story!
Too often, we respond in the same way as the Pharisees. Humbling ourselves is tough. Our pride is at stake. Even our identity can feel on the line when we humble ourselves before those we’ve wronged. However, self-righteousness is not real righteousness – God is calling us to so much more.
Today, examine your heart and your relationships. Ask God for help in being humble before Him and others. In your group this week, share how God is asking you to respond.