Posts Tagged ‘comparisons’

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Our Value to God

September 7th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is measuring our worth by how God sees us.

In Second Corinthians 10:12, the Apostle Paul wrote, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”

The unwise thing about making comparisons is that they tempt us toward feelings of inferiority or superiority. King Saul became jealous of David when the crowd compared David’s victories with Saul’s victories. Their relationship broke down.

A better way to measure our worth is by understanding how God sees us. Jesus said in Luke 12:7, “the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” This sense of value frees us to share God’s love with others and treat them with respect and dignity.

Measuring our worth by how God sees us is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

Daily Challenge-Comparisons

September 9th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to stop comparing ourselves with others.

This can lead to division among ourselves. Comparison invites jealousy into our relationships if we don’t think we measure up, or self-righteousness if we think we are better than others.

First Corinthians chapter 12 talks about the church being one body, and warns against division through comparison.

Verse 15 says, “If the foot should say, ‘because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.” In this case, the foot feels excluded from the body because it senses that the hand is more important.

Verse 21 says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’” If the eye did say that, it would not be clearly seeing the value of the hand to the work of the church.

There is a better focus point for our faith-keep our eyes on Jesus, and His plan for our lives.

Take the daily challenge to stop comparing ourselves with each other and start seeing our value to God on the journey of faith.

John Shirk