“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But, whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:9—11)
I started reading in 1 John this week and when I began reading the scripture above I couldn’t help but think about the issue of comparison and how much time we have spent valuing what others are doing and devaluing what He is calling us to do.
So much time wasted wishing you had the gifts she has or wishing you had favor or blessing like she does.
It’s exhausting to wish. It leads us nowhere but into defeat.
John wrote, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.” (v. 9) Although you may not hate your sister, isn’t comparison and jealousy just as much a sin as anything else?
When we hate, we don’t see Jesus.
When we compare, we don’t see Jesus.
When we are jealous, we don’t see Jesus.
We no longer worship Him but the person we compare ourselves to. Therefore, you have gone from light to darkness.
Verse 10 continues with, “Whoever loves his brother abides in the light and in him there is no cause for stumbling.” Even though John may not be talking about jealousy or comparison here, the truth remains the same: When we walk alongside our sister in Christ, neither one of us stumble because we are both women on mission running after the same goal.
Friend, you can’t compare (or be jealous) and still be in the light. It’s a truth bomb and gut-check all at once that I too have needed.
Comparison has done more than steal our joy. It takes away the light. It causes you to stumble and it causes you to look at your sister as the enemy.
Do you have a heart that has been comparing lately? Remember the same light that is in her, is in you! When you start comparing, pray for her, then thank God for what He has given you!
You are so good, friend,