Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Week Eleven - The Comparison Trap

Don't you find conversations annoying that are marked by trying to outdo the other person? Where the next story grows grander than the previous, and emphasis is placed on who is better or bigger. It's like playing King of the Mountain with words. 

Here's the thing about comparison: No one ever truly wins. Why? Comparison is a trap of pride; it hinders God's work in your life.

Let's consider a few thoughts.

1) Comparison creates obstacles in relationships. When we participate in comparison, people begin to avoid us. No one wants to be constantly judged and weighed by the words of a prideful person.

2) Comparison hinders our growth. We cripple our development when we play the comparison game because the lack of wisdom heard in our words and seen in our actions overshadows our potential, good qualities, and abilities.

3) Comparison fosters fear and misunderstanding. Verbal bullying and intimidation of others cause them to avoid us and make people fearful that association with us might damage their reputation. We are viewed as power-hungry and insensitive. 

4) It limits our faith and spiritual growth when we are constantly trying to make ourselves look better than someone else. It also blocks fellowship and taints ministry. That must be why God says, "For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2 Corinthians 10:12

So what should we do? Let's remember that God is not a respector of persons. He views us all equally with love and accountability. We must examine our hearts and see if we are guilty of this comparison trap. 

Do we brag? Do we try to make others look smaller and ourselves look grander? Do we feel the urge to compete or feel we must be seen? If so, these are signs of immature and prideful thoughts.

It would be best to entrust ourselves to God and refrain from bragging and showboating. When we stand before Him, there will be no place for comparison. We will stand alone and answer solely for ourselves. How much sweeter and wiser would it be not to be found guilty of comparison?

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