Self-righteousness can literally destroy the way Jesus taught us to love others. It alienates you from the people around you who are supposed to be your neighbour as Jesus says in Luke 10:25-37.
In John 8th chapter people brings a woman caught in adultery. The self-righteousness of the people were about to kill that woman that day. She had committed sin, no doubt about it but Jesus was moved with compassion. He was more worried about the soul than the sin which she had committed.
Jesus asked a simple task from them: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
And the Bible says, “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.”
Interesting! Isn’t it?
So the implication is, their consciences let them know and understand that they were also not free from sin… just any sin… A sin is a sin… whether its adultery or a lie… it is same from God’s point of view. That day only Jesus had the authority to judge and throw a stone at a sinner as He was sinless and the Saviour. If He would have picked up the stone to kill that woman then He would have picked up many more stones to kill all standing there literally as all have sinned and have fallen short of His glory.
Jesus’ compassionate heart comforted the woman when He said to her, “Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.”
When the saviour frees a sinner then who are we, “The self-righteous” bunch of people who brag about our righteousness by condemning others?
Jesus was tagged as “a friend of sinner”. If He would not have then I would not have been saved. I am so soaked with His loving act that I see others through His eyes.
Friends, unless we see others in Jesus’ eyes we will be only like clanging cymbals to them.