Everyone can’t be right, but everyone can be self-righteous.
This can be extremely hard to see in ourselves. I know the only reason I can see it at all is because God shows it to me.
Pride is the reason for self-righteousness. Even God’s Truth can be used pridefully and there are many warnings in the Bible about it.
I think it’s the most insidious sin of all. It makes us an enemy of God. It’s distressing and irritating to see it in myself. There are so many ways to be prideful, even when appearing to be humble.
It’s like a virus that attacks your own body and spreads throughout your being. It affects your thoughts, feelings, words and behavior in every way. It contaminates others if they don’t have discernment and alienates us from God and others.
For instance, I could use this blog I created to spread my opinions and pat myself on the back when people agree with me.
It would be more beneficial to me to be rebuked than agreed with.
That last statement was right, but also self-righteous. You might not think so just looking at it, but anything based in false humility is self-righteous and only God would know I wrote that with the wrong attitude.
Aren’t blogs full of someone’s opinions self-righteous at the core?
A person’s opinions don’t matter, what matters is God’s truth. I’m not even sure I can do this without pride.
That’s not good. So, I have to be open to rebuke. I have to be willing to be humbled by God.
Most of all, God’s been showing me lately that I need to be quiet. So, who knows there may be very little posted here after all.