Which of these people would you like more?
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS – Learned that he was able to be pretty perfect in his behavior. Way better than most other people.
IMPUTED-RIGHTEOUSNESS – Believes that he is 100% before God but knows that this is a huge unmerited gift. But he knows that his behaviors don’t measure up to God’s perfect standard.
By the way, do you know why God has to have such a high standard of perfection for us? There’s a great reason and I’ll tell you if this is a matter that troubles you at all.