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
- 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
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:
(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 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
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”
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
The tax-collector stood at a distance with downcast eyes,
pleading for God’s mercy and identifying himself
as a sinner.
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
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
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.
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
"He must increase,
but I must decrease."
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
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.