The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to write:
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. ~~Galatians 6:1 (ESV)Certainly, Paul makes the point here that, while we do have the responsibility to confront sin in one another, the Lord wants us to do so gently and in an attitude of humility. We can so easily fall into the same sin that we've just reproved somebody else for committing, and our hypocrisy will betray our haughtiness. We forget that God has shown us tremendous grace and, consequently, that He desires us to extend similar grace to others.
I suppose I could belabor this thought by appealing to other Scriptures that supply confirmation, but I don't see a need for doing so. I see that the Lord calls me to repent of self-righteous attitudes and behaviors, and I'm directing this post to myself with the expectation that publicly acknowledging my sin in this area might increase my sense of accountability.
Yesterday I wrote about the duty to correct those who sin, and I stand by everything I wrote. I plan future posts on that duty. But this caveat needs stating, if only to remind myself of how the Lord wants me to humble my heart before Him. He has been wonderfully gentle and gracious in dealing with the myriad of sins in my life. How, then, can I justify any pride even as I address sin in others?