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(25 May 2018)

"Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."
(Romans 12:3)

According to the verse quoted above, God does not want us to think we are better than others. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector? The Pharisee told God about all the godly things he did, thanking Him that he wasn't like the tax collector. He thought he was better and more righteousness than the tax collector.

That is not what God wants from His children. We are to love others as we love ourselves. We are to treat others as we want them to treat us. We are to accept and forgive others as God has accepted and forgiven us.

We are no better than the next person, for it isn't our good works that put us in right standing with God, but our faith in Jesus.

But not thinking we are better than others are not the only lesson we can learn from this verse.

God also doesn't want us to think we are such wonderful people that we don't need Him.

Don't think you can solve your problems without any help from God.

Don't think you are able to care for yourself. You need God, and He wants to take care of you.

You are also not able to run your own life. God sees the big picture. He knows the plans He has for you, and they are always good and satisfying. Allow Him to lead and guide you and be in control.

Don't live life your way; live life God's way. His ways are always right and lead to blessings we can't even imagine.

Maybe you don't think you are better than others. But do you still try to run your own life? Do you still do things your way instead of God's?

We need to look at both sides of the coin and examine our lives to see where we stand.

Do I think I'm better than others? Then I need to talk to the Lord about it and ask Him to help me change.

Or do I think I am able to live life, or part of it, without God? If I do, I also need to spend time with the Lord about it and work with Him to help me change.

Don't think you are better than you really are!