Looking down our noses

In Luke 7 we learn about a woman who had a less-than-stellar reputation.

Even though we all mess up and have many missteps in our journey with God, it’s probably not something we want to be known for. This woman was known for sin.

She went up to Jesus boldly, looking for forgiveness. An on-looking Pharisee bristled. “If this [Jesus] were a prophet,” he thought, “he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner” (verse 39).

In thinking this, he was showing his heart—that he, unlike the woman, didn’t put himself in that same category… that he wasn’t as in need of forgiveness as her.

When we look down our noses, the only one we tend to condemn is ourselves.

This isn’t to say that sin is good, or that it should be dismissively condoned. It shouldn’t. But I think it’s a more biblical and humble posture to first see that we are all made in the image of our Creator, and that we too are creatures of need.

Humility first.

When we look down our noses, the only one we tend to condemn is ourselves.


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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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