The Dangers of Comparison
Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT
Comparison is a set-up for failure. If I compare myself with someone else, then I see myself as better or less. If I think I’m better, then I tend to become prideful and arrogant. If I think I’m less, then I can become insecure and depressed.
When we compare ourselves with others, we are acting ignorantly. We should allow the Holy Spirit to help us see ourselves as the person God made and accept that image. That doesn’t mean I get lazy or make excuses for my failures or sin. It does mean I see myself as loved by God and gifted with a task for Him.
For years I struggled with inferiority. I had to work on developing confidence and regardless of what I did, I felt I could always do more. I had to allow the Holy Spirit to help me see that I was loved by God, not for my works but because I am His creation.
I caught myself recently standing in a busy airport and having a bad attitude toward some other people. I never said a word, but I checked my attitude and realized I was judging others by their appearance or behavior.
I immediately whispered a prayer and asked God to forgive me for such a prideful attitude. I asked God to help me see every person the way He sees them. It is so easy to look at the external of someone and immediately make a value judgment. That is pride. That is sin.
Holy Spirit, forgive me for the times I have judged others. Forgive me for not valuing everyone—including myself. Help me to see others and myself the way God does.
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