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20 January 2011

Beware of Self-Righteousness


I've came across this reading from 'The Word For Today' and think it's worth sharing. Feel free to let me know what's your opinion too. Here it is;

Beware of Self-Righteousness

'...you who judge others do these very same things.' Romans 2:1
A woman looked out of her window every morning and commented on 
the dirty laundry on her neighbour's line. One day she noticed it was 
sparkling clean: 'Maybe she's using a new detergent,' she remarked. 
'No,' said her husband. 'I got up early and cleaned our windows.' 


Hello! When Paul talks about '...greed, hate, envy, murder, 
quarrelling, deception...gossip' (Romans 1:29 NLT), it's tempting 
to think it doesn't apply to you. 
Then he says, 'You are just as bad...you...do these very 
same things.' Maybe you've never embezzled money, but have you 
ever short-changed somebody? Or taken an 'iffy' tax deduction? 
How about when you're stuck in traffic, or you overhear some juicy 
gossip? Phil Yancey says: 'Murder and adultery differ from hatred 
and lust only by degree...Paul reserves his most scathing comments 
for self-righteous people...A Pharisee of Pharisees, he knew 
the pattern...the danger that accompanies a feeling of moral superiority. 
Just as denial keeps you from seeing a doctor about a lump or 
lesion...denial of sin leads to worse consequences...I accepted 
a speaking engagement from some Christians involved in 
Twelve-Step Programmes...As I pondered what to say...it occurred 
to me that what recovering alcoholics confess daily-personal 
failure and the need for grace...represent high hurdles for 
those of us who take pride in independence and self-sufficiency. 
Romans 3:10 NKJV says, '..."There is none righteous...' and God's 
grace is the only solution. It comes free of charge, apart from the 
law and...human efforts towards self-improvement...we need only 
hold out open, needy hands-the most difficult gesture for a 
self-righteous person.'


Source: The Word For Today.
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