“For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others” (Ecclesiastes 7:22).
“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things” (Romans 2:1).
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 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. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 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!’ 14 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” (Luke 18:9-14).
In his parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, Jesus tells us that we must learn to see ourselves as we really are – and not as we would like to see ourselves. We begin to see ourselves as we really when we’re learning to see ourselves as God sees us. When we begin to see ourselves as we really are – in the light of God’s holiness, we see something else, something that’s very wonderful. We see that we are loved. God sees us as we really are – and he keeps on loving us.