Stop Comparing

“But when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.” (II Corinthians 10:12)

Many people feel that they can come off well by comparing their behavior or achievements to someone else’s, but the Apostle Paul tells us here that this is foolish and inadequate. Other flawed people are not our standard. We will be judged by the standards which are found in the word of God, and even more, in the Lord Himself: “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48); “follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21) etc.

No parent is satisfied with the child who makes a bad grade, but justifies his performance by comparing himself with another classmate, saying: “You should have seen how bad Bobby’s grade was!” God is not receptive to that argument either. You may make yourself feel better by comparing yourself with the morals or standards or practices of others, but the Bible says here that you are “without understanding” when you do that. 

The same thing is true, by the way, of comparing yourselves with others in an UN-favorable way. Too many men and women become discouraged when they  compare their own looks, physical ability, intelligence, gifts, etc. with those of others. But each of us was created by God with our particular characteristics.  God did not make you to compare you with them, and you are not accountable to Him for the gifts and abilities of others.  You are accountable for what you do with YOUR gifts.  Be the person, and use the gifts that God gave you, and stop measuring your abilities, personality or accomplishments by other people’s.  

The bottom line is, other people are not your standard. Stop comparing yourself with them.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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