Envy: part 2

Don’t compare

The number one symptom of envy is comparison. “Mine is better than his” or “mine is worse.”

“He’s got a

* better job,
* or, a better cellphone,
* or, a better spouse,
* or, a better body built (sexier?)
* or, a better car, house”

Or, “Mine is a better job than his…” The list goes on.

The moment you compare yourself to someone, you’ll either feel insecure or proud. If you compare what you have (or what you don’t have) with someone else, you’ll most likely see someone better, then you’ll feel insecure as a result. Or if you’ll see somebody under, pride will start to creep in.

Don’t compare yourself with others. Remember that God uniquely created you. God has loved you unconditionally, sent his Son Jesus to die for you so you can have a life that is secured and blessed. You have no reasons to compare yourself to others because you are unique, incomparable.

Your circumstances in life are unique, too. God has placed you in the situation you are in right now so you can grow. You may not have a “better job”, but God may be teaching you to be patient and to do your best to prepare you for the better things ahead.

Tomorrow: Celebrate God’s goodness to others.

What things or circumstances do you tend to compare yourselves with another person’s?
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‘m encouraging you to participate in the discussion by placing your comments here.)

  • http://keren.ph Keren

    I tend to compare when the other person has more experience than I do. It certainly is the grace of God that we are able to serve Him despite our trespasses!

  • http://keren.ph Keren

    I tend to compare when the other person has more experience than I do. It certainly is the grace of God that we are able to serve Him despite our trespasses!

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Thanks Keren. That’s my envy problem too. I tend to compare, this time with gifts and talents. During college, I envy people who can sing, and I mean can really sing. These days, the envy that I had to repent of everytime is my envy on people who are good leaders. Its envy, I know, not admiration because I compare myself to them.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Thanks Keren. That’s my envy problem too. I tend to compare, this time with gifts and talents. During college, I envy people who can sing, and I mean can really sing. These days, the envy that I had to repent of everytime is my envy on people who are good leaders. Its envy, I know, not admiration because I compare myself to them.