Story of Contrasts
Jesus interacts with two people in Luke 7:36-50--a Pharisee and a woman from the city who was known as a sinner--and the encounters are completely different. I tried to imagine the scene. On the one hand, I could picture the stiff, upright and prideful countenance of the Pharisee complete with a look of disdain on his face. The visual of the woman was one of humility, shame and smallness as she approached Jesus whom she revered and respected. As I finished reading, I spent a few minutes considering my attitude toward Jesus and how I treat Him. I'd love to tell you that I'm always like the woman, but that's not the case. There are days when I do take on a little of that Pharisee attitude. So this passage was a good reminder to me of what happens when I let my focus slip off of God and following His Word.
So when it comes to how you view and treat Jesus, who do you identify with more, the woman or the Pharisee, and why? What are some things you do to keep your focus and attitude in the right place? Tami
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