Series: No Place Like Home
Title: Part 1 - Comparison
Date: August 12/13, 2017
Speaker: Steve Garcia
Comparison is being caught in the trap of constantly asking, “Does she have more than me? Are they better off? Is he smarter, funnier, richer?” When we preoccupy ourselves with these questions, comparison turns our contentment to resentment. God has a better plan.
Passages: Luke 6:27-28; Romans 12:15; Psalm 118:24
- When you played games or sports as a child, were you a gracious loser? How did you handle winning?
- Are you exhausted or broke from trying to keep up with friends or neighbors? If so, explain.
- Read Luke 6:27-28. In his message this past weekend, Steve showed how Jesus’ teaching about praying for our enemies is also relevant for the people to whom we tend to compare ourselves. Rather than nursing jealousy toward that person, we should pray for them. What do you think are the benefits of praying this way?
- Read Romans 12:15. When we envy someone, it’s difficult to celebrate their successes and easy to enjoy their failures. Is there anyone you secretly enjoy seeing fail? What can you do to extend that person grace?
- Do you think that it’s disingenuous to verbally celebrate someone’s success when you secretly envy them? Why or why not?
- Read Psalm 118:24. Another problem with envy is that it causes us to lose sight of today’s blessings. What good things in your life do you need to be more thankful for and celebrate more intentionally?
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?