A friend once told me she didn’t think God could ever forgive her for the things she’d done. Unfortunately, many people allow their guilt to block them from God’s grace and mercy by condemning themselves. It’s like a false form of pride when we play jury and judge by assuming what God thinks, and sometimes it’s an excuse to keep doing the same thing that led to our self-condemnation in the first place.
It’s this attitude that has us standing with one foot pointing towards humility and repentance and the other towards hardness and disobedience. The question is: which direction will we choose?
In the gospels Jesus tells the story of two men praying in the temple. One is a Pharisee and one is a Tax collector. The Pharisee tells God how perfect he is and thanks Him for not making him like the Tax collector. The Tax collector doesn’t take his eyes off the floor, begs for mercy, and admits he’s an unworthy sinner. The scriptures tell us it’s the Tax collector who “returned home justified before God” (Luke 18:9-14).
The Bible says clearly that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 29:23). The tax collector’s humility brought him God’s favor.
A little humility can go a long way in absolving us from sin because it ultimately leads to repentance and forgiveness.