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In a consumer based world competition can have positive results. When companies compete for business, the consumer wins through lower prices or better service.
But the Scripture readings this week remind us that competition can also have negative effects, especially when it is driven by jealousy, peer pressure or greed.
If competition causes us to see others as obstacles in the way of something we are trying to achieve, that's a problem. And it goes completely against the message Jesus teaches.
Christians believe we are called to support and encourage one another. Jesus challenges us to ask ourselves what it means to be part of a faith community.
It's really quite simple...we are to love one another. And that life of love will lead us to the joy of spending eternity with God in heaven. Nothing on earth can compete with that.