Image by michael.heiss via FlickrI cannot stand when people act self righteous, as if they are better then one and feel it necessary to point out every ones faults. The other day I heard something so self righteous that I just couldn't believe it was said.
I have always thought of myself as a very non judgmental person. I always try to see the good in people and hate when people put others down. So you can understand how I felt when I heard such a self righteous remark.
I didn't agree with something that someone did, choices they had made and so on. In order to explain my position on the matter I decided to share my view on the situation. As if to defend my stance. As the words were coming out of my mouth, it was like I could hear God saying, "O boy, here we go," even before I finished. I knew as the words were coming out that it must have sounded horrible. I sounded so self righteous. So judgemental, so cruel. But me, not me, I am not like that. Or am I?
It was embarrassing to say the least, but a revelation. That even I could be self righteous. I know I am a work in progress. I just wish God would have stopped me before I sounded like such a fool. But maybe the only way I could understand my actions what to actually hear it out loud. We all have moments where we lose sight of who we are. We seem to dwell on other peoples wrong doings in an attempt to cover our own, and by doing so we become what we dread the most.
But there is always hope and yet another lesson learned on our walk by faith.
New International Version (NIV)
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.