• Their version of righteousness was SELF-glorifying rather than GOD-glorifying. >Jesus complimented the prayer of a man who knew he was a sinner and ABSOLUTELY dependent on God’s grace.
• Their version of righteousness was based on EXTERNAL appearance, rather than INTERNAL reality.
Jesus’ standard of righteousness….
• Hateful anger, even our INNER thoughts can cause us fall short of God’s righteousness standard. >In God’s eyes hateful words spoken in anger as well as the thoughts that prompt them are treated like a CRIME.
When struggling with anger…….
• ADMIT you are angry. • Bring anger out in light and EXPOSE it so you can deal with it. • Take definitive steps to CORRECT the problem. • Take definitive steps IMMEDIATELY.