And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican the Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.
and the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbled himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:9-14.
We all know that pride is what God hate so much, pride can destroy a man, no matter how educated, respected and anointed the person is. Anyone who is proud cannot be a friend of God and can never please God.
If you’re the type that still boasts of your righteousness, boast of your good works, boast of how you have helped people, boast of how you have given, that means the spirit of pride still dwells in you and you must ask God for forgiveness so that you won’t be a victim of a fallen hero.
Boasting of self-righteousness is one of the ways the devil uses to bring a man down. He starts by polluting the heart of the fellow by reminding him the good deeds he has done. Like the case of king Nebuchadnezzar.
To continue seeing the glory of God being manifested in our lives, we must not boast of our righteousness and we must kill the spirit of pride. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (See Philippians 2:12). Remember the bible also tells us that our righteousness is like a filthy rag. (See Isaiah 64:6).
If our righteousness is like a filthy rag why then should we boast of it? May God have mercy on us and help us to see where we need to make amendment in our lives in order not to miss his plan and purpose for our lives.
How Can we Deal With Self Righteous?
For us to deal with self-righteousness, we must first admit that we are all working towards perfection and that none is righteous as the word declared.
As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10-12.
Secondly, we must kill the spirit of pride. Because whoever is proud is the one that will always have something to boast about.
Thirdly, we must be humble. Being humble gives no room for pride and shows the level of your maturity. Humility is a great virtue for the kingdom.
Fourthly, we must be focus. We must not listen to the appraisal of men. We must not focus on what the world is saying; rather focus on the word of God and what God says about us. We must seek the approval of God rather than the approval of men. Also, let heaven be the target.
Lastly, we must be ready to surrender ourselves to Holy Spirit and also be filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit that works in us and brings us to the level of perfection.
1 Peter 5:6 says Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
Beloved, let’s beware of self-righteousness in order not to lose our timely divine lifting from God.
God bless you.