The Comparison Game | Day Fourteen
By: Megan Gover | To download the second week of this study, click here.
“We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves against ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone.”
Measuring our sin against other’s saint-like track record perpetuates the lie of being too sinful to be forgiven. However, on the flip-side, downplaying our sin in light of other’s “big” sins warrant a spirit of justification and non-confession.
Take a moment before we dig into superior comparisons of sin by staying your mind on the Lord. Ask Him to help you walk in the light as He in the light. Today, may you seek to uproot all sins you’ve deemed acceptable and begin to walk in righteousness.
What sins would you classify as a big sin? Why do they seem worse to you?
What sins would you categorize as a little sin? Why do they seem more acceptable?
What differentiates a big sin from a little sin?
How do you compare your little sins to others bigger sins?
If we were to be honest, superior comparisons puff up our spiritual ego to justify our sin. However, Matthew chapter five gives a glimpse of Christ’s view of sin. As Jesus is giving his Sermon on the Mount, he teaches his disciples about new updates on the old law and challenges them to see sin originating in the motives of the heart.
Read Matthew 5:21-22.
Where would they have heard this commandment originally? [Hint: Exodus 20:1-17.]
From the world’s perspective, what is the big sin Jesus is referring to and the little sin Jesus is introducing?
How are murder and anger related?
Now read verse 27-30 of Matthew chapter 5. What big sin is Jesus referring to and which little sin is Jesus introducing?
How are adultery and lust related?
What is Jesus ultimately saying about little and big sins here?
Though you might have never had sex, you struggle with pornography. That’s lust. You might never steal a box of Beats by Dr. Dre, but you might be embittered from not owning some. That’s jealousy. Though you might not participate in these bigger sins, incessantly talking about others makes you guilty. That’s called gossip.
Different sins might have different consequences, but they are no different levels of sins. Sin is not just outward actions, but inner thoughts and reflection of the heart.
We must begin to not define sins by their consequences, but as acts of disobedience.
Read Romans 3:21-24. What is righteousness given through?
Who has sinned? What does sin do?
Sin makes us fall short in the standard of God’s glory. Sin is no laughing joke, for it divided us from God’s presence. Sin is risky business.
However, according to verse 24, what are we afforded through Christ?
What’s the difference between justifying sin through comparisons and being justified by the Cross?
One last verse for the day: 2 Corinthians 5:21. Write this verse out three times.
Next time we are tempted to justify sin, we need to remember this: Christ paid the penalty of our sin through dying a painful death nailed to a Cross. Hallelujah, He rose from the dead and conquered the grave! Now we are afforded new life in which we can have the joy of walking in righteousness with Him!
Ultimately, when we justify our sin, we kill the joy of being a saint and living righteously. What sins are you guilty of justifying?
What are some tangible ways you can take to chisel them out of your life?
End this time thanking the Lord for His gift of mercy. Ask Him to help you not settle in your walk with Him, but be daily challenged to walk in the newness of life afforded in Him!