Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Pitfall of Self-Righteousness

Pride is a very destructive thing, not only to our relationship with God, but also our relationships with others (Proverbs 16:18). One of the most insidious forms of pride to which a Christian is tempted is self-righteousness. It often sneaks in disguised as a good thing, zealousness for God or His truth. It can then cause all manner of strife and  quarrels, claiming it is just trying to do what is right. It then contends against everyone who disagrees, feeling it knows all the answers (1 Corinthians  3:18; 8:1-3). Now there are truths that are worth standing up for and worth fighting over. But we need to ask ourselves before we enter into a conflict, "If this ends up alienating friends, splitting a church, or destroying a ministry,  will it really matter in the cold light of morning who was right?" There are cases where it will. But we need to be sure it is about God's truth and not about my ego (Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:16; Ephesians 4:1-3).

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