The Loneliness of Self-Righteousness

Thursday, 01 Nov 2018

Christians are used to a certain loneliness that comes with godliness. After all, Jesus told his disciples that they were to be not of the world (John 17:14). That means we must refuse to participate in sinful thinking and acting, and we should not be surprised when a culture at odds with God shuns us. Sadly, however, many of us isolate ourselves by our own unique form of ungodliness: self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is inherently lonely because it lacks the virtues of grace, self-awareness, and forgiveness. True righteousness is a gracious gift given by God (2 Cor. 5:21). Self-righteousness, however, is generated ...

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