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08/28/2012

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Humble In - Proud Out


"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Lk.18:14).

Jesus looked at the world much differently than we do, and it was exemplified in His teachings. All of us have read the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (Lk.15:11-32) The parable has much more in it than one might think. We usually zero in on the son who demanded his inheritance early and left, and give a somewhat cursory look at the older son. On the surface, it appears that the younger son is the bad guy, as the older one stays with the father. As we look deeper, we see that both sons are flawed. Humans tend to divide the world into the good guys (moral) and the bad guys (immoral). Jesus does not do this, as He offers the gospel to all. Jesus' message talks to us about a completely different spirituality. The younger and older brothers have actually done the same thing. They have divided the world into two types of people. The good guys are in and the bad guys are out. In today's verse, Jesus takes the gospel view. The humble are in and the proud are out. The prerequisite for receiving the grace of God is knowing that you need it. It is the humble that realize their need, while the proud who think that they are just fine. "Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar" (Psa.138:6). The apostle Peter says it this way: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble....Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Pet.5:5-6). Even though both sons are flawed, they have one thing in common. The Father cares for both of them....He invites them both back into His love and to the feast. This is God's way....

Have a great day....Do good....Give Him the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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