February 1, 2024 Daily Devotion

Self-Righteousness Prevents
Us From Seeing God

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own,
they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

Romans 10:3

Let’s take a moment to clarify righteousness from self-righteousness. Righteousness is being in the right standing with God. It is through self-denial and seeking the will of God that we become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Self-righteousness is an artificial so-called righteousness produced by desires of the flesh. It is recognized as giving final authority for one’s decisions not to God but to oneself. 

Scripture has a lot to say about self-righteousness. In the Bible, self-righteousness is often associated with pride and hypocrisy. For instance, in Luke 18:9, Jesus tells a parable about a Pharisee who prays to God, thanking Him that he is not like other people, including a tax collector who is praying nearby. The Pharisee’s prayer is an example of self-righteousness, as he is boasting about his own righteousness and looking down on others. Similarly, in Matthew 23:23-24, Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for tithing mint, dill, and cumin, but neglecting the weightier provisions of the law, such as justice, mercy, and faithfulness. He calls them “blind guides” who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.

Jesus, please help me become more like you!

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

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