TREATISE ON COMPARISON

OPENNING PROSE 
Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts.This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad, I'm ready.'

His Pastor dad asked, 'Ready for what?' 'Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out.' Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring rain.'

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?' Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.'Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go? Please?' His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the tracts, be careful son..'

'Thanks Dad!'

And with that, he was off and out into the rain.. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel Tract .

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted. Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered.. He waited but still no answer. Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him.

Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch! He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?' With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that * JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU * and I came to give you my very last Gospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE.'

With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!' Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, 'Does anybody have testimony or want to say anything?' Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet.

As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face, 'No one in this church knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken-hearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, 'I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.'

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you! The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU .' Then he gave me this Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see-- -I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.'There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated....

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably. Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honor for his son..Except for One.Blessed are your eyes for reading this message. Don't let this message die, read it again and pass it to others. Heaven is for His people! Remember, God's message CAN make the difference in the life of someone close to you. Matthew 10:32 says: 'Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven

TREATISE ON COMPARISON
Comparison is the process of comparing two  people or things but comparison is derived from the word "compare" which means the act of stating that something or somebody is similar to somebody or something else or To set or bring things together in fact or in contemplation, and to examine the relations they bear to each other, with a view to ascertain their agreement or disagreement. 

Most of us today tends to compare our parents,gifts,possessions, status, background and some other things to someone else with the aim of subjecting ours below what they others own but believe me its not meant to be so. no one can be the *"you in you".* You are unique and special so you don't have to compare your life to someone's else life.

Most people are in unpleasant situation today because all they do with their lives is to compare.Comparing yourself to someone else won't help you at all it will only create problem for you and it won't bring out the real you but a photocopied life. 

Even our heavenly father ( "God" ) doesn't want us to compare him to any other god because he is unique in his Nature  and no one/god can ever be liken to be like him because of his uniqueness. The children of Israel in the book of 1st Sam 8:19-22 compared their self  to other nations by requesting for a king and there is something they said in *verse 20* that made them compared God with ordinary human being. 
they said *"that we may also be like all the nations and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles" because they compared their self to other nations this made them to forget that it has being God that has been fighting their battles right from the time when they were in Egypt.

Causes of comparison
1) Lack of satisfaction:
A man or woman that lacks satisfaction will always compare him/herself to someone else because you will always think others are better than you which makes you unsatisfied with your present condition. And don't forget that your present condition is what someone is looking up to in there life. 

2)Envy and jealousy: When you are always wanting/desiring to be in the same situation/status as somebody else then you will surely compare/ rate yourself to that person.

3) Hatred :- when you compare yourself with others, it also leads to hatred within you. You begin to think something is wrong with you. Especially if you are a female who is up to the age of marriage and no suitors is coming on your way, you tends to do all things to make sure you are married all because your friends also are getting married. Hatred can also lead to rejection of self for the sake of others complimentary speech towards you. 

4) Not having the spirit of Thanksgiving:If you are the type that doesn't know how to thank God for whatever little or much that he has done for you or given you then definitely you will start comparing and saying some odd words to God.

5. Peer pressure :- comparison might come as a result of peer pressure, your friends are making it through a certain means and you also want to take that step which isn't designed for your life. 

Demerits of comparison: 
1) It makes God to reject us: Immediately the children of Israel compared themselves to other nations by requesting for a king to rule over them, instantly God told Samuel in 1st Sam 8:7 that they have not rejected him (Samuel) but they have rejected him (God) and at  the end they regretted their actions.So when you compare yourself it can make God to reject you.

2) It makes you to be an ingrate: When you compare yourself to someone else, how will you have an heart of gratitude towards God for the little he has done for you. its will seems impossible for you to appreciate God because you are comparing. For instance you have one pair of shoes instead of you to thank God for giving you an opportunity to have that one pair of shoe, you can't thank him because your friend or neighbour has five pairs of shoes and instead of you thanking God that at least you still have one pair. the next thing you start comparing and making excuses or complaining.

3) It makes us develop hatred towards our self. You begin to lose interest in being the real you that God has made you. 

4) It leads to depression. A state of mind of feeling downsized and capsized because of others possessions. And you begin to imagine what you are not suppose to imagine and it may leads to your untimely death. 


THE QUALITIES OF GOD; COMPARE YOURSELF WITH GOD

#GOD IS CHANGELESS:
Another fact we need to know is that the eternal God is changeless. _“For I am the Lord, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”_ _“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, WITH WHOM IS NO VARIABLENESS, neither shadow of turning.”_ ,“Jesus Christ  the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever"_ (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17; Heb. 13 :8).

Changelessness is the essential characteristic of the eternal state. God is timeless and changeless and therefore He is absolutely eternal i.e. beginningless and endless. God is without beginning. God has always existed. Before there was anything else God had always been in existence.  Therefore the only absolute principles of existence are those principles which are inherent or intrinsic in God. And thus the only right ways are God’s ways. This brings us, in fact, to the absolute definition of RIGHT.

Since God is without beginning and without ending then the principles of His existence are the only absolutely right principles. It also means that, when God does anything, His way of doing it is the only right way and it is not merely right, it is the only and most excellent and perfect way of doing it. 

 #GOD IS INFINITE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS:
“The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and  holy in all his works.” “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” (Ps. 145:17; 145:9).

#GOD IS OMNIPOTENT
“...The LORD GOD Omnipotent reigneth” (Rev. 19:6). Within God there is the absolute and infinite concentration of eternal power.(Rom 1:20).

#GOD IS INFINITE IN WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE:
"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite"_.(Psalm 147:5). God knows everything about everything. He knows all the past, all the present and all the future. Wisdom is the righteous use of power to produce perfect work. In God there is the eternal application of infinite righteousness to infinite power to eternally produce infinitely perfect excellence and perfect eternal life.

 God knows every microscopic detail of everything and He knows how best everything should function.(See Heb. 4:13). God is the absolute eternal TRUTH, the knowledge of God is absolute truth.

You see my friend, these are all *CLAIMS* which could be asserted by anyone who claims to be God, including the adversary. There's need for tested evidence, and that God most definitely has provided!


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