Self Righteousness

December 17, 2009 at 8:02 2 comments


Self righteousness is so prevasive. Criminals behind bars jugde other inmates as below them because they haven’t done what other guys have done. A youth pastor was cought by his wife for racking up hundreds of dollars on a pornagraphic phone service talking dirty with some women. Instead of admitting to his failures and repenting he kills his wife and places her under a bridge on a lonely stretch of highway. Their case against her husband was not closed until after two or threes years had transpired. When they cought up with him he was doing youth ministry for a Church and his hair was all white and looked 15 years older.

These are extreme examples, but what do we do when our character is besmirched? We minimize, we shift the blame, we argue, or we begin to slander the other person. Why is it so hard for us to repent? The Gospel frees us to look at ourselves honestly and come to a right assessment concerning our sinfulness.

Jesus was not concerned about the Pharisees theology but by their acting as if they had arrived at perfection.

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. Matthew 4:17

The teachers of the law and the Pharisee sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. Matthew 23:2-3

Some of the Pharisees’ repented but most of them did not. When we do not repent from ongoing sin in our lives we quickly destroy our selves. Look at Tiger Woods, for example. Jesus Christ opens his arms to us and asks us to come to him, and let our self righteousness go. The freedom that results in releasing our sins and our self righteousnes always amazes me.

If your struggling with pride and justifying your sinful actions to people give it up. And then fall into the arms of our Savior and find the refreshment for our souls.

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  • 1. Dick Fisher  |  December 20, 2009 at 8:02

    Paul,

    You write good Biblical heart-searching material. It is good to see you putting your life, personal growth, and exhortations out there where we can all benefit from them.

    Christmas Blessings to you and yours,
    Dick

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  • 2. traskman  |  December 21, 2009 at 8:02

    Thanks Dick, I no longer working so I keeping myself busy on the session, leading a small group, descipling two men, and starting a mens group which I am a little apprehensive about. I facebook, blog, twitter, and a member of The Puritan Board which makes me feel small. Merry Christmas to you and Karen and to Jessica and family and Dorothy.

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