Can “be not overly righteous” in Ecclesiastes 7:16 really be saying what it seems to be saying? Does God actually want us to tone down our righteousness?
The pharisees showed this type of behavior. When we look at our goodness from ourselves instead of God, we find danger. We can merit no good of our own accord but only through the Holy Spirit and divine grace.
When we enter into a “how glorious am I” type attitude we become the pharisees. We see only our virtues and everyone’s vice. We do not see our own vice of pride and lack of mercy.
We must be like the contrite sinner in the back of the temple as told by Christ. To realize that we are nothing without Christ and that we must be humble.
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