How can I avoid the dangers of comparing myself to others? - Comparisons - TouchPoints

How can I avoid the dangers of comparing myself to others?

Romans 14:10, 12So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. . . . Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God . . . Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.

One way to avoid the danger of comparing yourself to others is to remember that God judges with his own standards. He does not judge you in comparison to what others have accomplished, but in comparison to his standards of love and right living. He does the same thing with others—which means, you have no right to compare yourself with them or sit in judgment on them. Instead, set God and his commandments as your standards of comparison and work to obey and serve him.

2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.

Galatians 6:4-5Be 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. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Another way to avoid the danger of comparing yourself to others is to honestly examine your own faith and actions. Where is your heart with God? Are you living by Jesus’ words? Are you doing what you should? Are you finding satisfaction in doing your work well? If so, you have no need to compare yourself to others. If not, comparisons won’t help; instead, talk to God and seek to get back on track with him.

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

You can avoid comparisons by truly rejoicing with others in their successes and not wishing their success was yours. This is much easier to do when you’re not comparing yourself to them.