I am reminded of how wonderful Divine Presence is and truly that God doesn’t see as man sees. When we pass judgment on others through word or thought we must remember what we speak into the Universe truly does come back to us. As I was reminded of the words of Jesus the Christ I reflected on the religious Pharisee and the tax collector. One was proud that he was nothing like others, he tithed well and practiced his religion faithfully yet the tax collector unable to even look up only prayed for some mercy. I used to hear how some would claim to have saved so many souls in one setting or another and thought how when God is the only one who can save no matter a persons belief or background. We have all judged, sin and fallen short of the glory of God. Scriptures like this one reminds me to always mind my mind, bridle my tongue and keep my heart free of debris. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing to God, is my prayer for all of mankind.
(Luke 18:11-14 NKJV)-“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.””
Peace and Abundant Wisdom,
Brenda D. Cooper