There is a world of difference between being self-righteous and being righteous. God wants all of us to be righteous; He wants none of us to be self-righteous. Thus, these two similar sounding words are mutually exclusive. If one of the words describes you, the other can’t.
A self-righteous person seeks to justify himself in human eyes (his own and others’). A self-righteous person is smug, arrogant, and unpleasant to be around. A self-righteous person has an active conscience, but it is almost always focused outward – judging other people. A self-righteous person may be self-satisfied, but never truly happy. Self-righteous people are lonely, because no one wants to be close to such a person – not even God. That’s not to say that God doesn’t love such a person – of course, He does. God just can’t enjoy and collaborate in life with such a person.
A truly righteous person, by contrast, is humble. A righteous person is not trying to impress others, or even himself, but rather, God. That is, a righteous person has his mind set on pleasing his Creator all day long. When a righteous person sins, He repents quickly…and makes amends where possible. When a righteous person sees another person sin, he has a merciful attitude. If he sees opportunity to show the sinner a better way, he does so gently, looking to himself lest he, too, be tempted. Most of all, a righteous person walks with God. That is, he keeps aware of the omnipresence of his Maker and values His friendship above all other human relationships.
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