1 John 1:8 (NET) If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
A man prayed like this: “Lord, you know that I am no sinner. I have lived righteously before you all these years. Unlike that man there, I pay my tithes and offerings, and I always do what is right…”
The man he looked down upon was crying to God for mercy and grace. He was the one whose prayer was acceptable before God (see Luke 18:9-14).
Even though we are to have unshakable assurance of salvation, Christians are never to be self-righteous. A self-righteous person thinks he has done enough to deserve God’s grace and goodness. He uses his own standards to compare himself with others and gives himself a pass mark. He does not know that God does not judge according to human standards.
A person who has been saved by grace is never self-righteous. He realizes that his righteousness comes from the Lord; that his ability to do what is right is credited to the grace of God that is at work within him (see Phil 2:13). He admits his imperfections because he walks in ever-increasing grace that continually reveals higher dimensions and standards of light and righteousness.
As you go into today, determine to walk in the grace of God and not in self-righteousness- the two do not work together.
Prayer confession: I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. My sins are forgiven because of Christ’s precious blood. I am walking in the light and pleasing God in all respects, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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