In the Word
… he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8b
Of the Word
Jesus delivered us from sin in a state of humility, … he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8)!
Jesus told a parable about two men praying in the temple (Luke 18:9–14). The first, a proud Pharisee, thanked God that he was not as sinful as the other man. He recited his good deeds to God. The humble tax collector simply prayed, “‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner’” (Luke 18:13b). Jesus concluded the parable by saying that the humble tax collector’s sins were surely forgiven.
Parents strive to be humble examples in the home as they serve, forgive, and confess their own sins and shortcomings. They do not use their position of authority as a weapon, but rather find opportunities to show loving humility.
Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Ask your child for a definition of humility. Discuss Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, recorded in Luke 18:9–14.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Savior, remind me that in Your humility You delivered me from sin. Encourage me to remain humble as I express Your forgiveness to my family. In Your name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 9/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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