Every one of us wrestles through the realities of a very broken world. Government is sometimes dysfunctional, seemingly beyond repair. Laws can be unjust, penalizing the innocent. Communities discriminate against people because of the color of their skin or their zip code. Chronic pain may be your unwelcome friend, visiting you each day.
This world is not without its troubles.
How does the Christ Follower deal with his own downturns? How do we handle troubles that are not a direct result of our own poor choices?
Words matter. God speaks loud and long regarding the power of our words. One prime example, Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue can bring both death or life (NLT)."
While there are many expressions of a toxic tongue, comparing ourselves to others leads to words of death. Comparisons can be a carefully laid trap that will lead you down a road of relational ruin. Sinful comparing tends to measure our own worth through the lens of others' lifestyle or accomplishments. Ecclesiastes 4:4 notes, "Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless – like chasing the wind (NLT)."