“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
Self Righteous = convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others : narrow-mindedly moralistic
Sinner = Someone who misses the mark
Repent = Change your direction (you’re going the wrong way)
In light of these definitions, allow me to re-phase Jesus’ statement:
“I have not come for those who are moralistic, judgmental and convinced that they are always right, I have come for those who don’t quite have it together, those who struggle, those who seek. I have come to call them to change the direction they are headed because they will never find true happiness.”
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?
This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself”
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Lord, save me from my self righteousness.
Such a wonderful way to start my morning, with profound, thoughtful and wise words. Thank you!
Thanks Mar. Easy words to write, not so easy to live!!!
Humility and gratitude to our Lord are gifts I request in my desire to avoid self-righteousness. It is too easy to fall into that trap. Thanks for this reminder.
Thanks Lynda. It is so easy to fall into that trap. As each year goes by I value humility and gratitude more and realize how important they are. Oh that we could be gratefully humble!