Give Up on Your Own Self-Righteousness

By Paul David Tripp. Adapted from New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional: TWO VERY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO SIN Since sin is deeper than bad behavior, trying to do better isn’t a solution. Only grace that changes the heart can rescue us. There is a difference between a person in whom disappointment leads to self-reformation and someone in whom grief leads to heartfelt confession. I think that we often confuse the two. The first person believes in personal strength and the possibility of self-rescue, while the second has given up on his own righteousness and cries out for the help of another. One gets up in the morning and tells himself that he’ll do better today, but the other starts the day with a plea for grace. One targets a change in behavior, and the other confesses to a wandering heart. One assesses that he has the power for personal change, while the other knows that he needs to be given

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Nothing worse than substituting Jesus with self-righteousness

From a recent FB status update by John Fonville: “As destructive and defiling sexual sin is to the individual and church-and it is!- moralistic idolaters in the church are ultimately far more destructive and Christ-denying because they erect all manner of extra-biblical requirements for holiness that God’s law doesn’t forbid or require! And they substitute Christ and His righteousness for a Christ-denying, self-righteousness. Thus, they shift the ground of justification from Christ to self. Paul begins 1 Corinthians by addressing the Corinthians as “saints” (1:2). But he begins his letter to the Galatians by calling them cosmic traitors and pronouncing a curse of final judgment on any who proclaim or receive a different gospel (Gal. 1:6-9).”

The cross was enough

The following excerpt comes from Tim Chester’s You Can Change (p. 25, 27): What’s wrong with wanting to change so we can prove ourselves to God or people or ourselves?  It doesn’t work.  We might fool other people for a while.  We might even fool ourselves.  But we can never change enough to impress God.  And here’s the reason: trying to impress God, others, or ourselves puts us at the center of our change project.  It makes change all about my looking good.  It is done for my glory.  And that’s pretty much the definition of sin.  Sin is living for my glory instead of God’s.  Sin is living life my way, for me, instead of living life God’s way, for God.  Often that means rejecting God as Lord and wanting to be our own lord, but it can also involve rejecting God as Savior and wanting to be our own savior.  Pharisees do good works and repent of bad works.

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