Self-righteousness is rampant in our churches. Pews are packed every week with Pharisees, who think they are doing everything right. Scripture paints a woefully different picture. Far from thinking we have arrived, or that we are superior to others, we should see ourselves as needing and depending on the righteousness of Christ. Instead of raising our spiritual noses at those struggling with sin, we should humbly bow before the Savior knowing we too are sinners saved by God’s grace. No, we should not think ourselves self-righteous because we are far from it. Instead we should thank and praise God for sending His Son to cover our transgressions.
Even though we are far from self-righteous, we often think or act as if we are made righteous through our own efforts, not Christ’s. How do those who think themselves self-righteous act? Let me share with you just 11 characteristics of the self-righteous.
11 Characteristics of Those who Think Themselves More Righteous
1. They do not see their walk with God as a community project.
2. They do not work well with others.
3. They consistently believe they are right and know best.
4. They are resistant to change.
5. They do not respond well when reminded they need to change.
6. They do not desire others exhortation or admonition, even getting angry at times.
7. They are not patient with those who mess up, struggle with sin, or have lost their way.
8. They do not deal well with opposition or accusations.
9. They will consistently wonder why God has singled them out for difficulty.
10. They do not see a need to admit or confess their sin.
11. They consistently point out the sin of others with an air of superiority.
Post adapted from Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling, 73-74.