"Don't Be Like The Proud Pharisee ... "

Don't be like the proud Pharisee - "God, I thank you that I am not like other men."

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This thought is taken from

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29

"Do not be over-righteous and do not be over-wise" (16). Christ is "our righteousness and our wisdom" (1 Corinthians 1:30). We must not take pride in our own righteousness or our own wisdom. We must not be like the arrogant "Pharisee": "God, I thank you that I am not like other men..." If we get "too big for our boots", we may be "brought down to earth with a bump"! This is what God says to those who think they're wise: "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (Luke 18:11-12; 1 Corinthians 1:20). We do not make ourselves righteous. We do not make ourselves wise. "Through faith in Jesus Christ", we receive "God's righteousness." We become "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:21-26; 2 Timothy 3:14-17).

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