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Self-righteousness keeps us from compassion

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Following God | 0 comments

This past August it became very clear with the launch of my book that I would be moving in a different direction of healing. During the process of writing my book, I was able to remove the emotion and as a consequence didn’t shed a tear. Several people have asked, ‘Was it carthartic writing your book?’ And my answer has been yes and no. Personally, I thought I didn’t cry because I was healed from all the hurt the book represented. Not so much…

Usually my crying happens at church, or at BSF (which they’re used to now). But in August when I heard a sermon on self-righteousness, I was struck at how it impacted me and my spirit. Little did I know that a spiritual rebirth was going to be taking place and moving me closer to who God wants me to be.

Two weeks before Christmas 2017, as I answered a question at BSF leaders meeting, powerful words of encouragement and correction helped me to start moving forward. The previous week during the teaching time, our leader shared a story of her at communion. She looked up while praying as other people walked to the front of the church and proceeded to judge this lady for her attire, and then promptly put her head back down to pray. If you know our fearless leader Tina, she told this story as a joke, but also told us this sin permeates everyone’s lives. No one is better than someone else even if you think you are. The question I answered was this ‘What does the phrase ‘put to death’ teach about the attitude God’s children are to have toward their sin and where do you need the Holy Spirit’s help to change your attitude and actions?’ Whoa. My answer was ‘Not sure where to start – self-righteousness and pride. Let us not become conceited, but to have gentleness and kindness. My prayer through Romans has been to have a gentler soul grounded in Jesus Christ.’ Of course, I got called on to share my answer to the one question I didn’t want to share. As I shared, I started to cry and apologized for crying. But the sweet words of others started to fill my ears and as I proceeded to process what was being said, there was a clear message of the spirit healing old wounds from the inside out.

Why on earth am I telling you this extremely personal story? Because I believe we all go through seasons where we realize that things need to change in order to become better human beings. There has been some ugliness from my past which needs to be healed and it includes not being self-righteous or having pride. Being open about one’s sin is incredibly taboo in today’s society. People are expected to be focused on themselves, but I believe there is healing in humility. Humility will take you farther in life than believing your right all the time. So for 2018, the quote above is going to be a good reminder of how to prioritize my life, my family and focus on living humbly.  Would love to know what you are called to live out in 2018 in the comments below.

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