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Refuge By Comparison

"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'" (Lk.18:11-12)

In continuing Jesus' satirical look at the man with a log in his eye, we come to another motive in the faultfinder's mind. The Pharisee's rationale was that his behavior was certainly better than that of robbers, evildoers and adulterers... I would certainly hope so! He then made a comparison between himself and a person in a profession that was not highly thought of at the time.... A tax collector... The Pharisee just could not see his own lack of humility, as he salved his conscience by comparing himself to those he felt were his inferiors. When a person's conscience begins to gnaw at him or herself, a first line of reasoning is an attempt to seek refuge through comparison... This "log in the eye" attitude only gives a false and temporary sense of security, because one's shortcomings cannot be whitewashed by the mistakes of others. Our Bibles state that such comparisons are unwise... "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned us, a field that reaches even to you" (2 Cor.10:12-13). The Bible provides us with all the material we could ever want about human behavior, without the necessity of comparison to others. It sets the the bar for us in a realistic manner so that we can be as good as we can be, but not at the expense of others.... More tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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