One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Jesus discusses the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. In recovery, I must always remember that I am a “Tax Collector” – always a sinner but freed by the blood of Christ. Below is this verse paraphrased from the Bible and as written in the Castimonia book under Step 7.
“Thank you God that I am not like these other men still living in sexual sin, I am rigorously honest, I pray to You in the morning and at night, I work my intimacy exercises with my spouse, and I am not tempted to sin sexually anymore.” This may seem like a normal statement to make, however, in our program, we must remain humble, where we stand before the Lord, our heads bowed in prayer stating, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.” We are all full of sin, and are not yet sanctified; not until we enter His kingdom. If we exalt ourselves, He will humble us, if we remain humble, He will exalt us (Luke 18:9-14).
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