“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measure themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth defending his ministry of the gospel. False teachers were trying to undermine the work Paul had done in the church, and he felt he had to answer the charges. He made known to them that Christians do not live by the standards of the world. He also addressed the criticism that his letters were weighty and forceful, but in person, he was not impressive and his speaking amounted to nothing. He made known that just as he was in his letters, so would he be when he was present.
He shared that he would not dare to classify or compare himself with some who commend themselves. It is not wise for people to compare themselves with themselves. What a lesson this message is for us who live today! Comparisons are not good if we choose to compare ourselves with those we consider to be worse than we are. It is amusing to hear young people defend their actions by saying, “I may have done that, but it is not as bad as what someone else did.” They then point to some action of another youth who has done something worse than that for which they were accused.
We can always point to someone who has done something worse than what we have done, but if we really want to see our actions in a true light, compare them with what Jesus would or would not do. That will put a new perspective on how we feel about what we have done. We will be able to see our sin as Jesus would see it, and be less likely to be so critical and judgmental of others.
Paul was being criticized,
For his appearance and his speech,
And he had to defend his ministry,
If their consciences he was to reach.
We must also be careful,
About comparisons that we make
For to undermine the work of others,
Would surely be a mistake.
Dear Lord, Please help me refrain from comparing myself with myself and with others. In Jesus name I pray. A-men.