An arrogant and self righteous person can be inclined to 


smugly think of themselves as important. They 


believe they are righteous in and of themselves. They 


tend to be sure of their own righteousness and will treat 


others with contempt. 


They exhibit pious self-assurance showing an exaggerated 


awareness of their own virtuousness and righteousness. 


They have a tendency of seeing the sins and faults of 


others, and instead of hating the sin... they hate the sinners.


 

They can be very critical of others and believe 


they are always right, better, smarter, or more important


 than other people. They tend 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. They 


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 praises of others. They want to be held in high regard, 


seated in the best seats, and called by pompous 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 my 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. 

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.


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, our decrease... to humility.

God's righteousness and our 


self-righteousness are 


polar opposites.


We are the righteousness of God. What an incredible 


blessing it is to submit to the righteousness of God. 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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