He [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ Luke 18:9-14
Self-righteous person trusts in themselves rather than trusting God, Self-righteous person look others down and think that they are perfect than others and put others down. Self-righteous person try to walk in holiness but they fail, but pretend that they are walking in holiness. Self-righteous person live in pride and fall one day.
God called us to depend on Him, His righteousness, God wants us to humble ourselves, He gives grace and strength to live a overcoming life, God gives grace to live a holy life for His glory, He called us to abide in His love and keep His Word in our life. In this parable that Jesus told, the Pharisee is a self-righteous person and God does not like us to have that attitude in us.
“May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness” 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 This verse teaches us about God will cause us increase in love for one another and establish our hearts unblamable in holiness, holiness without love is self-righteousness. Increasing love and holiness, both will manifest in everyone who depends on God’s righteousness and grow in Him! Let us continue to remain in our Lord Jesus Christ!