What are the dangers of comparing myself to others? - Comparisons - TouchPoints

What are the dangers of comparing myself to others?

2 Corinthians 10:12Oh, don’t worry; I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness!

Comparing yourself to others is dangerous because it usually leads to sinful thoughts. If you think you’re better than someone, you’ll be proud, and pride is a dangerous sin. If you think you’re worse, you’ll become jealous and that can lead to anger and behavior that hurts others.

John 21:21-22Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.”

Comparing your life situation to that of others is dangerous because it takes your focus off Jesus. He has a plan for you—different from the plans he has for others. Your responsibility is to do what he calls you to do and not compare that with what he calls anyone else to do.

1 Samuel 8:20“We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will govern us and lead us into battle.

Comparing what you have with what others have is dangerous because it will cause you to miss enjoying what God has already given you.

Luke 18:11-14The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don’t sin, I don’t commit adultery, I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored.

Comparing the condition of your heart to that of someone else is dangerous because it can lead to false righteousness, thinking you are better than others, and pride. On the flip side, thinking you are far worse than others can lead to deep shame, discouragement, and despair. God knows the real condition of your heart and he loves you as you are. Keep focused on him and you won’t have a need to compare.

1 Samuel 18:7-9This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

Comparing your accomplishments to someone else’s is dangerous because it can lead to jealousy, which leads to anger and eventually harmful behavior. Saul’s jealousy so consumed him that he tried to kill David.