Are we better than someone else? More knowledgeable? More anointed? More right? More holy? The moment we think we are “more” than others, we find out that pride goes before a fall. As we are transformed into the image of the Lord, we become less and He becomes more!
The self-righteous attitude says: I’m perfect and you’re not; I’m a true Christian and you’re not; I’m not wrong but you are. It places self on the throne and makes others less in order for them to be more. To confront others who have that attitude, we have to pray for them and let the Lord minister to them as He ministers to us. It’s a challenge not to fight back in the flesh when we are being judged wrongly. Recognizing we do not war against flesh and blood helps us shake the dust off our feet. We walk in forgiveness with others and ourselves.
We evaluate ourselves honestly and prayerfully. It’s Christ in us who is awesome and is to be recognized in others as well. We are, above all, to walk in love with one another strengthening and encouraging each other, even when it’s not reciprocated. As members of the Body of Christ we all need and complement each other; not one gift is more important than another. To deprecate ourselves or others is to come against the grace of God. Whatever comes to put us down is not of God. He lifts us up in Him, fills us with His love and transforms us, from glory to glory!
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”