It's impossible to go through life without comparing ourselves with others' actions, possessions, talents, jobs and perceived successes. More often we hear of all the negative effects of comparison, but comparison when done with the right heart attitude can be good and Godly and will help us grow to be better servants for the Lord.
The negative effects can leave us feeling depressed, not good enough, covetous, and on the flip side we can even put ourselves on a pedestal as if we are "better" than someone else because of what we've accomplished or done in our life. These effects can shape our entire personality and more often than not it pushes family and friends away because there's no Light in our life to point them to Jesus, it's all about you.
Philippians 3:3-5 says "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" When reading this passage what sticks out most is that it's good to compare ourselves with other Christians who are the example we need to better ourselves. Through their obedience to Christ we are able to see what we can do to be more effective for Jesus.
We are called to be a light to the world, that doesn't just mean the lost world, a lot of times your testimony is exactly what a family member, friend, or colleague need to see to get them back on track for the Lord, because they've seen how God has worked in your life, and that God can and will give us second chances, we just have to take them.
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It's harder to compare ourselves against someone who is a good example vs. someone who has a bad testimony, because we down play our sins/faults by comparing it against someone who's "worse than us". When in reality we should be comparing ourselves to the one true example of perfection - Jesus Christ!
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