“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”
1 Peter 3:8 KJV
One of the common ways people determine their value is by comparison, which leads to envy or pride.
We see scenarios of such in the Scriptures: Cain and Abel (Gen 4:3-5), Rachel and Leah (Gen 30:1), Joseph’s brothers (Gen 37;3-4), the Pharisee and publican (Luke 18:10-14), and others.
Although comparison seems like a logical action to take in a secular sense, it is not in our best interest to indulge in it. In fact, God would have us do away with comparison completely, and fill our hearts with love and hope for others.
As believers in Christ, we understand that our value does not emanate from what we have or do not have in the physical realm. It comes from the gift of God we have received freely. Therefore, this should be our mindset come rain, come shine. Jesus even touched on this matter in Luke 12.
“And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.” (Luke 12:15, AMP)
Our anchor text explicitly instructs us to be of one mind. The love of God which has been “…shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Romans 5:5), is meant to be shared with our brothers and sisters. That love should propel us to eliminate envy or strife, and embrace oneness of heart.
Let’s read the text again in the New Living Translation.
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” (1 Peter 3:8, NLT)
Dear believer, you must learn to be genuinely happy for others. God does not love you any more or any less than your brother or sister in Christ. He loves you so deeply that He gave His Son up for your redemption. No other need can surpass this. Therefore, rejoice with others because your own testimony will come in its due season.
In the same vein, you should also support and comfort others in their low moments, rather than see it as an avenue to mock them.
Regardless of the world’s yardstick for measuring success, set your mind firmly on Christ, His dealings in your life and His purpose for you.
Be happy about the success of others. God’s plan for you is perfect. Rest in this knowledge.
I am eternally loved by God. I am abundantly satisfied in Christ. My self-esteem is predicated on what Christ has done for and in me. Therefore, I can love others, sympathize and rejoice with them, without comparison.
From today, I (insert your name), make a commitment to love my brothers and sisters wholeheartedly.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 16:10-18, 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Proverbs 10:1-16, Nehemiah 3.