But Everybody Else...

Written by Neal Bowes on .


Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)
4Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5For we are each responsible for our own conduct.


What if you got a "D" on a test? That's a pretty bad grade, isn't it? But what if most of the other kids in your class actually failed that test? What if your "D" was actually one of the highest grades in the class? Is it still a bad grade?

Truthfully, yes, it is still a bad grade. But somehow, we use the fact that everybody else did just as poorly, or worse, to convince ourselves that the "D" is OK.

Think about that thought process for a second and consider how it would be if we applied it to some other scenarios:

"I only drink a little bit every now and then. It isn't like some people who get wasted every weekend."

"We're only intimate with each other, and we have been going out for six months. It's not like I hook up with every person I see, like you-know-who."

See, our bad behavior isn't made better by the fact that other people are making the same poor choices or doing even worse than we are. "We are each responsible for our own conduct." God doesn't judge us by comparing us to everybody else. God has set forth a set of standards that we are to strive for.


Consider in what areas you are making excuses, trying to justify falling short of God's standards. What changes might be necessary to get you back on a Godlier pathway?


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