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3 Mar 09
I think we should always be humble, not to think of ourselves as better than we are.. after all, any 'goodness' whatsoever comes only from God anyway! Even Jesus when someone called Him "good master" said "why do you call me good? there is only One who is good.." If we try to be a christian by following rules, I think this is a temptation (cause that form doesn't work and actually seems to often have the opposite effect producing self righteous, better than thou, even sorta mean spirited personality and behavior, yikes.) Whereas the true 'formula' of being able to draw near to God, often and consistently, through Jesus and the full sacrifice He made, well, then God sort of 'rubs off on us'/fills us, and part of this would also be wisdom.. not to be so danged good that no one can dare to speak with us! With whatever transformation occurs (and continues to occur) also comes humility and a seeing of one's owns faults which like Jesus said is (truly) like a log, whereas someone else's fault is like a splinter..
10 Mar 09
i just have a verse to reply on that. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through FAITH, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.." Ephesians 2:8 Our righteousness is a gift, Therefore , we really don;t have to work on it. We are already righteous, in the eyes of God because of what Jesus has done on the cross. We are righeous inspite of our failures, our shortcomings, and sins. So no matter who and what are , we just can come boldly to God and claim it. By Jesus blood, our sins are made pure as white as snow- FOREVER! Jesus rocks!
4 Mar 09
That is a very question and there are many examples of "overrighteous" recorded in the Bible. Remember the Pharisees approached Jesus and questioned him about washing hands? Washing hands is just a simple action for hygiene purpose, yet the Pharisees managed to turn it into a ceremony. So everyone who doesn't follow the "ceremonial hand washing" becomes unclean. That is really over-righteous.