How does our own self-righteousness determine how we treat others? Self-righteousness is the gateway to all sorts of repulsive behavior: hatred, jealousy, animosity, anger, resentment, self-centeredness, meanness, self-satisfaction, exclusivity and most dangerous of all, self-deception that is born in pride.
I think this is why we find in Scripture that God despises pride. It deceives man into doing all sorts of evil, and worse, it is the one thing that keeps man from following Jesus Christ: For a God who dies is the antithesis of pride. Spurgeon said it this way, “The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.”