Comparing oneself to others creates dissatisfaction and is a joy robber! Below is one application of this idea:
As you encounter differences with others, there can be a temptation to see yourself as being inferior or superior.
- Regardless of what or who is involved, do you see yourself as an equal to others?
- When might you feel superior to others?
- When might you feel inferior?
In general, a person does what is best for his own benefit and withdraws from what is not of benefit. Yet, Romans 5:8 declares Jesus endured the cross “even while we were still sinners.”
Paul writes, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.” -Philippians 2: 4
When and why are you able to act in the best interest of another when you do not personally benefit?