They...Are Not Our Standard!
It's very easy to always look around and see what other people "have". We think, if I had his/ hers; Home, Career, Youth, Looks, Possessions, Car, Truck, Jewelry, Boat, Husband, Wife, Education and on and on it goes! But, the Bible says it very clearly, we are not to covet another's " stuff " Exodus 20:17, (the 10th Commandment). We are to be content with what we have! In fact, it's been my experience that the more " stuff " you get, the more you have to take care of.
Likewise many times, we judge ourselves against someone else! I'm not as bad as; Him, Her or Them.
She or He's a terrible person! I don't act like them! I don't go the places they go to, or do the things that they do! So, I'm not so bad after all They; Lie, Cheat and Steal! They live a life that's totally and completely Ungodly! So, I'm so Much better than them! I may not be perfect, but at least I'm not as bad as them! Thank God! You know the mind has a unique ability to explain things away, we rationalize our thoughts, convince ourselves, everything's alright! Sad part is, we many times, really believe it!
" They " Are Not Our Standard! Absolutely Not! Our standard is The Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
He's our Only, Judge and Jury. He pronounces Guilt. He provides Forgiveness.
Our desire should be to live a life that is pleasing to Him, Regardless Completely of what anyone else Is or Is not doing.
Their life is not ours. Our life is not their's. I don't and won't answer for them and vice versa.
" For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
He Is Our Standard!...They Are Not!