Note: This post is part of a series about building a personal relationship with God by reading the parables of Jesus. You can browse the entire series here.
How do you deal with the areas in your life that make you feel embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed?
I have always had a hard time just being myself and being “comfortable in my own skin,” especially when that involves being honest about my shortcomings or weaknesses.
Jesus tells a story in Luke 18 about two people, a Pharisee and a tax collector, who chose to deal with uncomfortable truths and emotions about themselves in very different ways. Through this parable, Jesus presents us with a choice between pride and humility: we can either choose to deny our faults and sins or we can own up to them and ask for help.
The way we choose to deal with our guilt and sin will have a profound impact on our relationships with other people and our relationship with God. Pride and…