Leaving Self-Righteousness (at the Foot of the Cross)

Leaving Self-Righteousness (at the Foot of the Cross)

Leaving Self-RighteousnessLast week I started blogging through Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels. The woman of the second diary is found in Luke 7:36-50.

I’ve always been in awe of the woman who wet the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiped them with her hair and soothed his feet with perfume. Would I dare? Do I love Jesus as much as she did?

After I read the diary of this woman written by Mary DeMuth I am humbled. We so easily forget how much suffering other people have had to endure. We truly should extend more compassion to whom we meet.

Frank Viola points out there’s a sinner loving God and a self-righteous judging God in the story. We live the same story in our lives too. We need to decide whether we want to love God and his people or judge him and his people.

Frank writes “the sober reality is that self-righteousness will bar many from the kingdom of God”. Something to think about this season of spiritual spring cleaning. Do we think we are beyond needing forgiveness?

Shame on us. If we claim, “We don’t have any sin,” we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8, CEB)

And pity on us. The one who is forgiven little loves little (Luke 7:4t, CEB)

We truly need to meet Jesus every day of our lives. Because he is the only one who can save us from ourselves. Jesus is the only one who can pour out grace upon grace on us. Only when we are grace-filled, we are ready to meet the world with God’s love. And that’s the Jesus way to live. Time to leave self-righteousness at the foot of the cross?


Gracious God,
Forgive me for judging others
and falling for self-righteousness.
I should know better.
Pour our grace upon grace, Lord.
Show us what it is to love much.
We want to leave our self-righteousness
at the foot of the cross.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: Do you struggle with self-righteousness?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to love much!

Image courtesy of ochristian.com, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God.

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9 thoughts on “Leaving Self-Righteousness (at the Foot of the Cross)

  1. If I said I don’t have a problem with self-righteousness, I think that would be a bit self-righteous, would it not? I clicked on your thumbnail BECAUSE I have a problem with it, and I was really convicted of it recently…especially at home…there is a double standard…my husband can do something and it will irritate me, but I can do the same thing and it’s okay. Self-righteous double standard. Yuck! Great post. The book sounds like a great read!

  2. This book has intrigued me so I’m glad to hear you’re reading through it! Sounds very good. I know I need to leave more of my self-righteousness at the foot of the cross….

  3. I’m struck here by your observation of the unknown sufferings in each other’s lives… how we all could extend more compassion if we remembered this in our interactions. There’s such truth in that. Thank you for joining with us for Small Wonder.

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