Compare, Comparisons

* Avoid comparing yourself to others

Jacob’s wealth made Laban’s sons jealous.  It is sometimes difficult to be happy when others are doing better than we are.  To compare our success with that of others is a dangerous way to judge the quality of our lives.  By comparing ourselves to others, we may be giving jealousy a foothold.  We can avoid jealousy by rejoicing in others’ successes (see Romans 12:151).  (NLT)

Genesis 31:1-2 – But Jacob soon learned that Laban’s sons were beginning to grumble.  “Jacob has robbed our father!” they said.  “All his wealth has been gained at our father’s expense.”  And Jacob began to notice a considerable cooling in Laban’s attitude toward him.

* Peter asked Jesus how John would die.  Jesus replied that Peter should not concern himself with that.  We tend to compare our lives to others, whether to rationalize our own level of devotion to Christ or to question God’s justice.  Jesus responds to us as he did to Peter: “What is that to you?  You follow me.”  (NLT)

John 21:21-22 – Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”

Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  You follow me.”

* When you do your very best, you feel good about the results.  There is no need to compare yourself with others.  People make comparisons for many reasons.  Some point out others’ flaws in order to feel better about themselves.  Others simply want reassurance that they are doing well.  When you are tempted to compare, look at Jesus Christ.  His example will inspire you to do your very best, and his loving acceptance will comfort you when you fall short of your expectations.

Galatians 6:4 – Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

* Compare yourself with God not others

Paul criticized the false teachers who were trying to prove their goodness by comparing themselves with others rather than with God’s standards.  When we compare ourselves with others, we may feel proud because we think we’re better.  But when we measure ourselves against God’s standards, it becomes obvious that we have no basis for pride.  Don’t worry about other people’s accomplishments.  Instead, ask yourself: How does my life measure up to what God wants?  How does my life compare to that of Jesus Christ?  (NLT)

2 Corinthians 10:12-13 – Oh, don’t worry; I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are!  But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves.  What foolishness!

But we will not boast of authority we do not have.  Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with you.

1 Romans 12:15 – When others are happy, be happy with them.  If they are sad, share their sorrow.

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

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