.

An arrogant and self righteous person can be inclined to 


pompously think of themselves as important and assert 


that they "Know it all," fully grasps what is going on, 


and their judgment is correct. 



They tend to:


  • have an inflated sense of self worth,


  • believe they are righteous in and of themselves,


  • believe they are superior to others, 

  •  treat others with contempt,


  • tend to be sure of their own righteousness,


  • exhibit pious self-assurance showing an exaggerated 


awareness of their own virtuousness and righteousness, 


  • have a tendency of seeing 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. 


An arrogant and self-righteous person tends to drive 


people away by putting others down, being intolerant 


of the opinions and doings of others, and making others 


feel uncomfortable, and spiritually inferior. Their 


haughty sense of self importance overshadows their 


ability to realize their own unchecked problems. 



In many instances arrogant and self-righteous people


reject correction and don't seem to comprehend any 


variation of their own argument... let alone any overriding 


counter argument of any sort. For this reason arrogance 


can be described as a form of delusion.



Self righteous people want to look and sound righteous. 


They want others to see and hear how righteous they are. 


It has nothing to do with glorifying God. 



They are more into the show... the outward appearance.


 They parade their good works in order to garner approval 


and the praises of others. They want to be held in high 


regard, seated in the best seats, and called by grandiose 


titles while totally disregarding their inner conversion. 


This is exactly what the Scriptures remind us that the 


Pharisees did.



Jesus passionately rebuked the scribes and Pharisees, 


who are the perfect example of self-righteousness, in 


Matthew 23, six times, for rigidly sticking to their 


legalistic traditions, publicly wearing their righteousness 


outwardly, sounding the trumpets when they would give, 


fast, etc. They would make a public display of their 


righteousness to people in order to make themselves 


look better to others (Matthew 6:16, 3:8, 6:2).



Self -pride harms only the proud. Arrogance, due to 


overbearing pride, brings contempt for others.



An arrogant person is often rude and very fond of 


offending others. They cannot take abuse, but can be


 abusive and very condescending to others.


According to our research, this kind of arrogance is 


sometimes used as a coping mechanism for people who 


are secretly insecure. Their insecurity is disguised as 


confidence, self-worth, or self-importance.


Definition of Arrogance:


An insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes 

from believing that you are better, smarter, or more 

important than other people. 

Definition for 


Self-righteousness


(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 


person.

Self righteousness literally means...

 

self-right.

The self-righteous can have or show an exaggerated 


opinion of their own importance, merit, ability, etc. They 


can be conceited and overbearingly proud. 


What a lack of humility. This is not wisdom, and it is 


far from righteousness.

If we treat people we consider to be "sinners" with scorn,


or think we are better than they are, we are guilty of the 


sin of self-righteousness.



Some people are blinded by their 


self-righteousness.

Biblically speaking, self-righteousness is the idea that we 


can somehow generate within ourselves a righteousness


that will be acceptable to God.

Jesus told a parable about certain people who


“Trusted in themselves that they were righteous


and viewed others with contempt”


 (Luke 18).


Jesus referred to two men going up to the temple


 to pray — the one a Pharisee, the other a tax-collector.


The Pharisee began by thanking God that he was not like 


the sinners of society and then went on to reel off his own 


noteworthy virtues.


The tax-collector stood at a distance with downcast eyes,


pleading for God’s mercy and identifying himself


 as a sinner.



The conclusion?


The admitted sinner was accepted before God, and the 


self-righteous Pharisee found no approval with God.


It was Isaiah who said that our righteous acts are like 


filthy rags ( Isaiah 64:6 ). He was talking about self 


righteousness (the things we do to try to make us right 


with God). 


Self righteousness can look great on the outside. 


Some may look holy, but they solely trust in themselves to 


be good enough for God. They are seeking God based 


upon their righteousness and what they can accomplish for 


God. 

None can be righteous


on the basis of their own behavior.


According to Scripture, God must increase in importance, 


while we must decrease in importance. 


Self-righteousness 


leads to pride.

The wisdom of Solomon teaches us that the goodness 


of the righteous must be yoked with humility. Without


 humility, a person's goodness and righteousness runs


 the risk of developing intellectual and moral pride. 

God's righteousness and 


our self-righteousness are 


polar opposites.



"He must increase, 


but I must decrease."


John 3:30


God must become greater. 


We must become less. 


Our own worth diminishes as God gains greater respect, 


honor, and influence. He that comes from above is of 


infinitely greater dignity and authority. He possesses 


far more knowledge of the Divine Will, and He


 transcends all.



We are the righteousness of God. 


What an incredible blessing it is to know how to set


 and how to rise... cheerfully submitting to the 


righteousness of God. We must be willing to be 


esteemed as nothing if we can honor Christ... to be 


anything or to be nothing so that God may be all. 



We do not have to rely on what we do to please God. 


God is pleased with us on the basis of our faith in 


Jesus. There is nothing else we can do to add to it.


May we decrease and submit to God's righteousness.

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