You’ve encountered them. You might possibly even work with one. And there is the regrettable chance you live with one. “Who?” you ask. The person who is ALWAYS right in their own eyes. The self-righteous ones. The perfect among mankind.
“Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking.” John McCarthy
Of course we, the realistic people of earth, know there is no such thing as a perfect person, but don’t you dare tell them they aren’t perfect. They will argue that fact. If you have encountered such a monster then you know how frustrating it can be to do life with them, or to have any kind of interaction with them at all.
If finding fault generated wealth then they would be among the richest people on earth. “Well, if you hadn’t of …” so quickly and easily comes out of their mouths. What shocks me is how deceived they are. It’s like they are allergic to truth. They defend the smallest of actions.
Job, from the Bible, had this issue I believe:
“We’ve all heard Job say, ‘I’m in the right,
but God won’t give me a fair trial.
When I defend myself, I’m called a liar to my face.
I’ve done nothing wrong, and I get punished anyway.’
Have you ever heard anything to beat this?
Does nothing faze this man Job? Job 34:5-7 (MSG)
The burning question on my mind is this, “Will they dare try to defend themselves when they stand before Almighty God and give an account as to how they lived their life?” Will they try to blame God? Of course God is perfect, as his son Jesus is, and has done nothing wrong. I’ve been talking to a friend lately about this, and I have told them, “It’s okay to be wrong!” In fact, it’s admirable, and respectful when one can sincerely say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong.”
The Bible actually says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) Of course knowing Truth, or Jesus will set you free. Free from your sins and free from eternal damnation. But knowing, owning up to, and admitting the truth is living free. If you find yourself always defending your actions then stop it! Try being wrong once in a while. You might like how it feels.
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