Quoting from J.C Ryle’s daily readings from all four gospels:- *Reading from Luke 17 v 5-10*

‘Our Lord delivers a heavy blow to self-righteousness. Look at what he says to his apostles! (v10). We are all naturally proud and self-righteous. We think far more highly of ourselves, our deserts and our character than we have any right to do. It is a subtle disease which manifests itself in a hundred different ways. Most men can see it in other people. Few will allow its presence in themselves. Seldom will a man be found, however wicked, who does not secretly flatter himself that there is somebody worse than he is. Seldom will a saint be found who at seasons is not tempted to be satisfied and pleased with himself. There is not a heart on earth that does not contain a piece of the Pharisee’s character.
To give up self-righteousness is absolutely needful to salvation. He that desires to be saved must confess that there is no good thing in him and that he has no merit, no goodness, no worthiness of his own. He must be willing to renounce his own righteousness and to trust in the righteousness of another, even Christ the Lord. Once pardoned and forgiven, we must travel the daily journey of life under a deep conviction that we are unprofitable servants. At our best we only do our duty and have nothing to boast of. And even when we do our duty it is not by our own power and might that we do it but by the strength that is given to us by God. Claim upon God we have none. Right to expect anything from God we have none. Worthiness to deserve anything from God we have none. All that we have we have received. All that we are we owe to God’s distinguishing grace.
What is the true cause of self-righteousness? It all arises from ignorance. We see neither ourselves, nor our lives, nor God, nor the law of God, as we ought. Once let the light of grace shine into a man’s heart, and the reign of self-righteousness is over.’

For meditation:-
Our self-assessment is always flattering. The assessment made of us by others is less flattering but still too good. Only God sees us as we really are. We need to see ourselves through his eyes.

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