'...When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.' 2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV
Take a look at today’s verse (we couldn’t fit it all—definitely a good excuse for you to crack open your Bible… :) hint…) It’s a bit of a pressure–point in society today, but comparing themselves to others can make our lives difficult. Thankfully, it’s possible to find confidence in God. But, can it go both ways? Is it sometimes a little too easy to be comfortable in our own skin? Here it is: what about when we KNOW we’re good? Like, being humble is all well and good, but as soon as you know you’ve got an intelligence/ability one–up on your mates/colleagues, doesn’t it get a bit too easy to be happy with yourself, at the expense of relying on God for your self–worth? Well, those who are ‘commending themselves’ (first part of the verse), was written in reference to false teachers within the Corinthian Church who were big–noting themselves and criticising Paul and his authority as an Apostle. They thought they were 'all that', and pretty much nobody could touch them. Yet here, they (and we) are warned of assuming we’re the standard to measure by. So, how is it possible to really be good at something, but not compare yourself negatively with others who aren’t so good? ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ (2 Corinthians 10:17 NIV) That winning ability that you have? Don’t let your self–worth hinge on it: acknowledge that it’s God–given. Whatever it is, it’s meant to build others up, not for putting them down.
SoulFood: 1 Cor 15-16; Luke 24:36-44; Ps 60; Pro 25:21-22
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