Proverbs 30:12 – They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed. (NLT)

The term “holier-than-thou” refers to people who think that they are more righteous and possess better moral qualities than others. These people enjoy the approval of the public, but what God sees matters more than human comprehension. Today’s Bible reading summarises the mind of God towards those who claim religious and moral superiority. They seem holy but are full of filthiness on the inside.

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 gives evidence of God’s disposition to a holier-than-thou mentality. After the Pharisee and the tax collector prayed, the so-called sinner was justified above the Pharisee because he humbly prayed for mercy while the other man loudly condemned him.

Beloved, regardless of the purity and record of walking with God, nobody must look down on others. Instead, God’s children ought to have compassion for the lost and bring them back to the fold. Having the knowledge that Jesus died for all even when the world was dead in sin should mandate humility and the zeal to help others, not judge them. Stop claiming to be the holiest. Look inward too, to work on your loopholes and let your life draw people to salvation.


Hymn: Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling – Will L. Thompson (1880)

1. Father, please forgive me in any way I have judged others through my self-righteousness (confess).

2. Holy Spirit, silence the voice of condemnation and death crying against me or against people I have judged.


1. Holy Ghost! Break any agreement I have with strange gods and idols.

2. Father, restore every broken trust, hope, and joy in my life (mention).

3. Father, chase out the spirit of religion in my mind, nation, and church.

4. Holy Spirit, destroy the “moral and spiritual superiority mentality” in my life.

(Day 5 of the RCCG Convention (Golden Jubilee). Watch via (Youtube/rccglive)

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