Pride and selfrighteousness
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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You can never be too bad for Jesus,
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Judge not without knowledge, nor without necessity
and never without charity.
God's idea of righteousness
is often quite different from
our idea of righteousness!
God took a man who was an accomplice to
murder and a persecutor of the early Christians
and made him the Apostle Paul.
Jesus took a woman who was one of the biggest harlots in town
and made her one of His favorite disciples.
King David was one of the worst sinners that the world has
known, but he was also one of the greatest saints, because he
knew he was totally dependent on the love and the mercy of God
…It's a sinner who has no perfection, no righteousness
of his own at all, but is totally dependent on the love
and the mercy of God by faith.
The only standard of
Do you depend on the
Lord totally, trust Him and
His love and His mercy?
True righteousness is
being full of the Lord,
for only He is all right!
The World’s idea of righteousness is
God's idea of righteousness is the pitiful,
hopeless, lost, humble, loving, repentant
sinner who knows he needs God!
The Devil’s idea of righteousness is
totally the OPPOSITE of God's idea!
This counterfeit idea is the SELFrighteous, holier-than-thou HYPOCRITE-the supposedly sinless perfectionist!
When we feel so righteous and good, it's really because
we are self-righteous, and not closer to God but closer to
ourselves! So let's forget about trying to be perfect!—
Because in this body of flesh we never will be!
Let's just follow the Lord and do the best we can!
Pride is a problem we all have really, it's
one of our main temptations, ALL of us!
What was it that caused the fall of Satan?
Since pride caused the fall of Satan, it is
apparently at the root of all sin!
PRIDE blinds you to LOVE and causes
you to feel that you are better than others
and justified in your unloving attitudes
because you believe you’re so right.
God knows you're anything but perfect and
CAN'T be perfect and never will be perfect in
this earthly life, and usually you're pretty
much of a mess, like the rest of us!
Pride will really get in your way and hinder and keep you
from growing and learning what God wants to teach
you, and from becoming what He wants you to be.
Being bound by pride and self-righteousness
can greatly HINDER your spiritual progress.
It is only when you get to the point
where you are willing to FORSAKE
your pride that you will be in a
position to really grow and mature.
For spiritual maturity is not just a
matter of years or time, although
that often helps, but it's a matter of
your connection with God and His
Word, your obedience and your
One reason that the proud and self-satisfied
Just like the Scribes and the
never of Jesus’ grow spiritually is because
Pharisees seem to day who
even if they read the
knew the Scriptures and theWord of God, it just
rolls like water off
Law better than anybody. a duck's back!
They were extremely
‘religious’ and ‘righteous’ in
their own eyes but they
They're and crucified their
against the real truth,
Messiah for exposing their
they already have
their ‘religion’, and
Jesus told them: “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophecy of
are so hung up on
you, saying; This people draweth nigh unto Me with their
their ‘doctrine’ that with their lips; but their heart is far
mouth, and honoureth Me
they totallyBut in vain they do worship Me, teaching for
from Me. miss the
heart of the law
doctrines the commandments of men.”
which is Love! Matthew 15:7-9 (Isaiah 29:13)
A critical spirit and a harsh,
condemning attitude towards
others comes from selfrighteousness!
But if you know you're a mess
yourself, then you don't go
around looking down on and
criticizing OTHER people for
But if you think YOU'RE so
righteous, that's when you start
picking on OTHERS.
Some people, the minute
somebody makes a mistake
instead of being patient and
forgiving, are quick to
condemn. They seem to
forget all the past and all the
good they ever did.
Jesus said to go back and learn
what God meant when He said,
"I will have mercy
and not sacrifice."
We ALL need to apply this to ourselves
and learn what that means! We all
need to ask Him in all humility to help
us have MERCY on others, knowing
that we ourselves must also be forgiven
for many sins!
Remembering continually what sinners
WE are and how many mistakes
WE'VE made helps greatly to keep us
humble and to avoid that spirit of selfrighteous pride which causes us to
criticize and condemn others.
"Judge not, that you be not
For with what judgment you
judge, you will be judged; and
with the measure you use, it will
be measured back to you.
And why do you look at the
speck in your brother's eye, but
do not consider the plank in
your own eye?
Or how can you say to your
brother, 'Let me remove the
speck from your eye'; and look,
a plank is in your own eye?
Hypocrite! First remove the
plank from your own eye, and
then you will see clearly to
remove the speck from your
--The just, legalistic, unforgiving, unloving,
unbending, unmerciful, proud self-righteous?
--Or the merciful, loving,
humble, unrighteous sinner
saved only by the grace of God?
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