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SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS



Self-righteousness is one of the hardest sins to avoid because it is so much easier to see other peoples faults than to see our own faults. Rather than look for faults in others, we should look for the good in others and try to correct the faults within ourselves. Jesus’ comical parable of a person with a board in his eye trying to see to remove a speck from another’s eye reminds us that we probably have bigger faults within ourselves (including self-righteousness) than the faults we would criticize in others:
“Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother. (TLB, Matthew 7:1-5)
Don’t criticize and speak evil about each other, dear brothers. If you do, you will be fighting against God’s law of loving one another, declaring it is wrong. But your job is not to decide whether this law is right or wrong, but to obey it. Only he who made the law can rightly judge among us. He alone decides to save us or destroy. So what right do you have to judge or criticize others? (TLB, James 4:11-12)
We should not infer that criminal activity should go unrestrained or unpunished: the laws of Moses had strong sanctions for criminal acts, and the Bible strongly supports civil governments. However, we are reminded that judgment is reserved for God and we should concentrate on correcting our own faults rather than criticizing others for their faults.

One Response to SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • Quiet Storm says:

    Amen sista Met, Amen!!
    Ah juss laas nite mi an mi padre did ah tawk bout di very same ting…..Some ppl luv criticize an fine di moas fault wid oddas an wudda tear yuh to shreds wid dem ‘holier than thou’/self righteous self,,,,,an when yuh check di levels, dem have MUCH bigga matta inna fi dem yeye dan who dem ah tear dung.

    Good Morning all

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