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 

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 


(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”

 (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 


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 

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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