How many times do we get caught up in comparing ourselves to others? Take some time to read this great article by Carolyn Mahaney called The Snare of Compare and then watch the video below and pray that the Lord will reveal and help us to kill this destructive habit (sin) in our lives.
The Snare of Compare (John 21:15-22) – Carolyn Mahaney from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.
“Sinful comparison is a futile and destructive exercise. It robs us of joy. It destroys our peace. It plunges us into despair and self-pity. It distorts our view of a wise and loving God.”
“What an envier wants is not, first of all, what another has; what an envier wants is for another not to have it…The envier has empty hands and therefore wants to empty the hands of the envied. Envy, moreover, carries overtones of personal resentment; an envier resents not only somebody else’s blessing but also the one who has been blessed”
“Envy always eats up time and energy that should be spent on the good works God has prepared for us. When we envy others, we miss out on God’s grace to bear fruit today”. ~Carolyn Mahaney
“[Envy] looks like Joseph’s brothers and Potiphar’s wife plotting to destroy a righteous man; it looks like Haman trying to frame Mordecai; and it looks like the Pharisees seeking to kill Jesus… It looks like Jacob conniving to steal the birthright from Esau; it looks like Rachel begrudging Leah her children; it looks like Peter pointing at John and asking Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
~Carol J. Ruvolo
“The cure for the sin of envy and jealousy is to find our contentment in God.”