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Avoid Self-righteousness

  • 2013 5 Jun
Avoid Self-righteousness

We often think we are right, holding the truth and elevating ourselves and our attitudes above others. This ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude is at best off-putting, and at worst causes distrust, distance and engenders animosity. No one wants to be around someone who must be right. Be careful in taking a position, knowing that doing so creates an adversarial process. If you are right, you make the other wrong. Scripture reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously: “think of yourself with sober judgment” (Romans 12:3).

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