Legalists love to compare with others. Legalists are not only confident their works are going to earn them favor with God; they believe other people should be impressed with them. These types of legalists love to perform! Paul confronted legalists and said, “Look here, if anybody could be confident and boast about their work for the Lord, it is me. But guess what? I can’t.” In a few verses, Paul will recount his work for God and then call his actions worthless compared to Christ. Christ is who we should compare our life to. Legalists don’t like this because Christ is perfect, and no amount of human effort can stand up to that scrutiny. So, legalists instead compare with others they know they are better than. And that’s dangerous. It gives the legalist false hope. Please don’t place your confidence in anything you do. Place your faith in Christ and Christ alone. And please don’t compare your Christian living with anybody else.
Philippians 3:4: “though I could have confidence in my effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!”
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