ARE YOU GRATEFUL? 7

ARE YOU GRATEFUL? 7

Text: Galatians 6:4-5
Memory verse:
”For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.“
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The next category of ungrateful people is unwise. They live in discontentment and become envious of what others have, which they don’t have. Rather than looking at what they have and be thankful, they spend their time living in comparison and envy. The Bible describes these unthankful people as unwise. “…When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they lack wisdom and behave like fools.” (2 Cor 10:12 AMP).
Comparison is the root of their ingratitude. What is comparison? It is simply judging yourself and your situation against others and coming out feeling worse or better about yourself? People who live in comparison make statements like these: “I wish I have long hair like hers”; “I am rich like him”; “I wish my wife is like his”.
Living a life of comparison drains your joy. As long as you keep focusing on what others have that you don’t have, you will never see what you have that you need to be grateful for. And when you even see what you have, you only give half-hearted thanks because you think that life or God hasn’t been fair on you; that you have been given less than others. Nothing robs you of your joy and your sense of gratitude like comparison. People who compare themselves with others live miserable lives and may eventually slip into depression. If you don’t appreciate what you have, you will never appreciate what you get.
Friends, “When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high”. This is the message that Johnson Oatman, Jr., painted in this stanza of his hymn, “Count your blessings”. The fastest way to get out of the sin of envy is to always focus on what you have and be thankful. Count your blessings and not the blessings of someone else. Set your thoughts on God and what He has promised you in Christ and the peace of God will overrule your life.

Prayer points
1. Father, please deliver me from every tendency of comparing myself to others in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, help me to always focus on what I have and be thankful in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I won’t permit the devil to steal my joy by living in comparison.
2. Comparison stirs up envy, but gratitude stirs up love and peace

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