Luke 18: 9-14 “…this man went home justified rather than the other.”

In Micah 6: 8 God lays out what he expects from people who choose to follow him. God requires us, “To do justice, love mercifully, and to walk humbly with God.” That third one can be kind of difficult, since we all think we are pretty good people. Oh we are not like the guy next door, who drinks too much, yells at his wife and kids, and kicks the dog. No, we are a good and virtuous people. Yet it is the kind of arrogance that keeps us from the Kingdom. It is in recognizing that we are sinful people, that we are open to God’s grace. The Pharisee believed in his heart of hearts he was good. His heart was filled with his own arrogance. There was no room in his heart for God’s grace because his heart was filled to overflowing with arrogance. The tax collector realizing that he is a sinner had plenty of room to fill his heart with God’s grace. And it was the sinner, the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was saved by the grace of God. What is your heart filled with? Amen