Egocentricity is manifested in self-righteousness. 

Self-righteous people believe they are less evil

than others. Self-righteousness, also known as

 sanctimoniousness, sententiousness, and 

holier-than-thou attitudes, is a sense of 

(typically smug) moral superiority derived from

 a view that one's ideas, behaviors, or connections 

are of greater virtue than the average person's.

Self-righteous people are usually intolerant 

of other people's beliefs and behaviour. They are

 extremely confident in their righteousness or

 moral superiority—they try to "lord" it over 

others, unfairly dismissing them as weak and 

dependent. They normally come across as someone

 who is adamant about the correctness of his or

 her own actions or ideas.

The more a person shouts about their religion, 

the more likely it is a matter of pride, arrogance,

 and self-righteousness.

Arrogant self-righteousness can lead a person

 to believe that he "knows it all," that he 

understands all, and that his judgment is perfect.

Solomon's advice here is that the righteousness 

of the righteous must be accompanied by humility. 

A person's virtue and righteousness run the risk

 of generating intellectual and moral conceit in the

 absence of humility.

Jesus warned the Pharisees 

of hypocrisy. 

They were bringing God into account in their

self-righteousness because they considered 

His law was woefully inadequate. 

The Pharisees added their self-righteousness to 

God's written word through spoken and/or oral law, 

a collection of rules and regulations established 

by the minds of men spanning generations

What a show of arrogance!

As Mark 7:6-9 demonstrates, 

their desecration of the written rule 

was not wise. 

They were blinded by their 

arrogant self-righteousness, 

unable to see that, in their

 desperate attempts to compensate 

for what they saw to be God's 

faults and the people's failures,


they were adding despair to 

people's lives. 

Their assessment of what God requires lacked 

a correct sense of perspective about what 

God requires.

An arrogant and self-righteous person may 

conceive of themselves as important and assert 

that they "know almost everything," understand 

fully what is going on, and that their judgment 

is factual.

They have an inflated sense of importance, 

believe they are righteous in and of themselves, 

believe they are superior to others, treat others

 with contempt, are certain of their own 

righteousness, exhibit pious self-assurance

 showing an exaggerated awareness of their 

own virtuousness and righteousness, have a 

tendency to see the sins and faults of others, 

can be very critical and dismissive of others,

 believe they are always right, better, smarter, 

or more important than other people.

People are turned off by arrogant and 

self-righteous people who put others down, 

are intolerant of other people's beliefs and 

actions, and make others feel uncomfortable 

and spiritually inferior. Their arrogant feeling

 of self-importance overshadows their ability 

to recognize their own unresolved issues.

Many arrogant and self-righteous people reject 

criticism and don't seem to understand any 

variation of their own argument... let alone 

any overarching counter-argument of any kind. 

As a result, arrogance might be described as a 

type of delusion.

People who are self-righteous strive to appear

 and sound virtuous. They desire that others see

 and hear how righteous they are. It has nothing to 

do with God's glory.

They are more concerned with the show... with

 the external image. They display their excellent

 works to gain acceptance and acclaim from 

others. They desire to be treated in great respect,

 to be seated in the best seats, and to be addressed

 with pompous titles while completely ignoring 

their inner conversion.

This is precisely what the 

Scriptures tell us the Pharisees did.

In Matthew 23, Jesus chastised the scribes and

 Pharisees, the epitome of self-righteousness, six

 times for strictly adhering to their legalistic rituals, 

openly wearing their righteousness visibly, 

sounding the trumpets when they would give, fast,

 and so on. They would make a public exhibition 

of their goodness in order to appear more righteous

 to others (Matthew 6:16, 3:8, 6:2).

Only the proud suffer from self-pity. Because of 

excessive pride, arrogance breeds contempt for 


An arrogant individual is usually impolite and 

enjoys offending people. They are incapable of

taking abuse, but they can be cruel and 

condescending to others.

According to our findings, this type of arrogance

 might be utilized as a coping mechanism by people

 who are covertly insecure. Their uneasiness 

masquerades as confidence, self-worth, or 


Definition of Arrogance:

Arrogance is defined as an obnoxious way

 of thinking or doing that stems from the belief 

that you are better, smarter, or more important

 than others.

Definition for 


(also called sanctimoniousness, sententiousness, 

and holier-than-thou attitudes):

A feeling or display of (usually smug) moral superiority

derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or 

affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average 


Self righteousness literally means...



The self-righteous can have or demonstrate 

an inflated sense of their own significance, merit, 

skill, and so on. They could be arrogant and 


What a show of arrogance and lack of humility. 

This is neither wisdom, nor is it righteousness.

If we ridicule individuals we regard to be

 "sinners," or believe we are better than they are, 

we are committing the sin of self-righteousness.

Some people's self-righteousness blinds them.

Some people are blinded by their 


Scripturally, self-righteousness is the belief

 that we can develop righteousness within 

ourselves that is acceptable to God.

Jesus told a parable about those who "trusted in

 themselves that they were righteous and 

despised others" (Luke 18).

Jesus mentioned two men coming up to the temple 

to pray, one of whom was a Pharisee and the other

 a tax collector.

The Pharisee began by thanking God that he was 

not like the sinners of society before listing his 

own notable virtues.

The tax collector stood at a distance, his eyes 

downcast, appealing for God's mercy and 

admitting himself to be a sinner.

What is the conclusion?

The confessed sinner was acceptable before God,

 but the self-righteous Pharisee was not.

Our righteous works, according to Isaiah,

 are like filthy rags ( Isaiah 64:6 ). He was 

discussing self-righteousness (the things we

do to try to make us right with God).

On the surface, self-righteousness appears 

to be attractive. Some appear holy, yet they 

just believe in themselves to be good enough 

for God. They seek God based on their 

righteousness and what they can do for God.

Nobody can be righteous based

on their own actions.

According to Scripture, God must become more 

important, while we must become less important.

Self-righteousness breeds arrogance.

Solomon's wisdom reminds us that the goodness 

of the righteous must be coupled with humility. 

A person's goodness and righteousness run the

 risk of generating intellectual and moral pride

 in the absence of humbleness.

God's righteousness and 

our self-righteousness are 

totally opposite.

"God must increase, 

but we must decrease."

John 3:30

God must become greater. 

We must become less. 

As God gains more honor, glory, and power, 

our own significance decreases. He who comes 

from above possesses considerably more

 dignity and power. He is incomparably more

 knowledgeable of the Divine Will, and He

 surpasses all.

We are God's righteousness. What a tremendous

blessing it is to know how to set and how to rise...

 cheerfully submitting to God's righteousness. We 

must be willing to be regarded as nothing in order 

to honor Christ... to be anything or nothing in 

order for God to be all.

We will not have to rely on our actions to

 please God. God is pleased with us because 

we believe in Jesus. 

 May we continue to decrease and submit to 

God's righteousness.

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