It is natural for you to compare yourself to other people.  You are younger than they are, or you are shorter than they are, or they are richer than you are.  Some comparisons are natural and innocent enough.  But other comparisons are not good, such as that you are more righteous than they are, or you do more good works than they do, or your sins are small and their sins are large, or you have greater ability than they have, or you are more important than they are.

Jesus gave us a lesson on comparison.  Luke 18:9-14 “Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’  And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  The Pharisee compared himself to other men to include the tax collector; he exalted himself that he was righteous and they were not.  As a result, he was not justified before God.  On the other hand, the tax collector did not compare himself to anyone, but humbled himself before God and asked for His mercy.  As a result, he was justified before God.

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you are more righteous or better than someone else.  2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”  You are foolish and not wise if you measure yourself by someone else or compare yourself to someone else.  The other person answers directly to God and so do you.  Romans 14:4 “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”

It is easy to see the faults of other people and ignore or justify your own faults.  Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”  Romans 2:1-3 ”Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.  But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” 

Perhaps you compare yourself to someone else and think you are better than they are or that what you have done is greater than what they have done, or what you have is better than what they have.  1 Corinthians 4:6b-7 “That none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  Who gave you what you have?  It was God.  He has blessed you with the physical attributes that you have; He has blessed you with the possessions that you have; He has blessed you with the abilities that you have; He has enabled you to accomplish whatever you have accomplished.  God has made you different than the next person.  God has given you everything that you have received.  There is absolutely no room for boasting.  There is only room for giving of thanks to God for all that you have received.  Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

I encourage you to refrain from comparing yourself to other people.  Instead, concentrate on your relationship with God.  Thank Him for His blessings to you and humble yourself before Him in you Christian walk.

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