Are you tired of constantly comparing yourself to others? Whether it’s a family member, a friend, someone in your church, or even an influencer, you can’t help but compare yourself to them. Although it’s hard to admit wanting to be like others, comparison is something most of us have dealt with or are currently dealing with. Comparison is a weapon the enemy uses to steal your joy, stop you from living out your purpose in God, and doubt God’s perfect work in your life. If you’ve been feeling inadequate, less, or simply not enough, today we’re going to dive into scripture to discover what the Bible says about comparison and how to overcome comparison.
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IS COMPARISON A SIN?
For starters, comparison does not come from God. It is not godly.
God did not create us to compare ourselves to others. He created us perfectly in his own image to walk in his good works and follow his unique purpose for our lives.
WHERE DOES COMPARISON COME FROM?
So if comparison does not come from God, where does it come from?
- Comparison is born from the flesh, not from God.
John 3: 5-6 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (NKJV)
Comparison comes from our flesh: our desire to be someone other than who God created us to be and our unwillingness to accept who God created us to be.
The enemy plants this seed in our flesh to prevent us from accepting God’s will, receiving God’s blessings, and connecting with God. Jesus said that anything born from the flesh cannot enter the kingdom of God. So, although comparison doesn’t seem as bad as a sin like “fornication”, it can be just as harmful to our lives.
It’s impossible to walk as the person God created us to be if we live by comparison.
WHY DO WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO OTHERS?
- Our mind is set on earthly, carnal, and ungodly things.
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (NKJV)
When we set our minds on things of the flesh, our way of thinking, walking, and living completely changes. Someone who lives by the Spirit, lives by what God says about them (read these 40 biblical truths: Who does God say I am?).
However someone who lives according to the flesh, lives by what the devil, society, and others say about them. When you live by the flesh, it’s easier to compare yourself to others because your mind is filled with human standards. You lose focus on who God says you are and you start to focus on who the world wants you to be.
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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT COMPARISON?
1) Comparing yourself to others is unwise.
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. (NKJV)
2) Instead of focusing on others, focus on doing everything with excellence.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. (NKJV)
3) You don’t have to please and get approval from others.
Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (ESV)
4) Comparison can lead to envy.
James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (NKJV)
5) Don’t live your life comparing yourself or competing with others.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (NKJV)
6) Focus on what God has given YOU
1 Corinthians 4:7 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? (NKJV)
7) Everyone has been given unique gifts – everyone is different.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith. (NKJV)
8) Cherish the gifts you have received knowing they came from God.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (NKJV)
9) Overcome comparison by being grateful with what you have.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV)
10) Focus and rejoice in who you are and what you have.
Galatians 6:4-5 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. (NKJV)
11) Know the precious gift you have in your life: JESUS.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (NKJV)
12) If you have Jesus, you already have everything you need.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (NKJV)
13) You are who you are by the grace of God.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (NKJV)
14) God is the best thing about you and the only one worth boasting in.
2 Corinthians 10:17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” (NKJV)
14) Transform your mind so that you can understand God’s will.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
15) Live your life according to Jesus’ love and sacrifice for you.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV)
16) Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (NKJV)
17) Fight thoughts of comparison by thinking on what God wants you to think.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (NKJV)
18) Always give thanks to God because He is good.
Psalm 136:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (NKJV)
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I hope you found this post helpful and learned a little bit more on what the Bible says about comparison. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this topic.
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