People love compliments. All my wife has to say is, “what a big, strong man you are,” and I’m ready to move the world for her.
It’s only natural to like hearing positive things about yourself. Especially if they’re true.
What is the greatest compliment God ever paid a human being? “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil,” (Job 1:8 NASB).
What higher compliment is there than for the Lord God to call someone a servant (Matthew 20:28; Hebrews 9:14)?
There is nothing wrong with encouragement. We all need encouragement. And people generally mean well. But we must be cautious with [receiving] compliments. They can inflate and skew our vision of self. We can even begin to look for them, expect them, become concerned if we do not receive them.
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Thank God his grace has become evident in us. Thank others that they have seen the divine presence in us.
“It was said of [Robert Murray McCheyne], ‘He cared for no question unless his Master cared for it; and his main anxiety was to know the mind of Christ.'”
—Concise Dictionary of Christian Tradition
Did you ever receive, especially in your early years, a compliment or blessing from someone that made a big difference in your life? By blessing I mean that someone spoke of a great future for you, much as the ancients blessed their progeny and foresaw for them great things. Share the details of who and what.
I referred to the actual exchange on my personal website, but after a gentleman on Twitter quoted someone and agreed with the quote, I responded to it. I was concerned that it might sound haughty. He, however, replied, “That’s one of the best replies I ever had on Twitter.”
I savored that compliment for the remainder of the day.
Last Sunday evening, after doing a particularly good job at botching a sermon during a guest-speaking request, several people came to me complimenting me on the lesson. It reminded me that I’m not supposed to believe my own press. As Paul said it in Romans, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith,” (Romans 12:2 NASU). It was the best thing that could have happened to me in retrospect. My head was filled with compliments just the day before at my mother’s funeral. My head was too big. God always knows what I need.
A recent compliment?
“What’s the last compliment that someone paid you?” wants to know the Daily Nudge. Jesus praised people. So did Paul. Twain said he could live for two months on a good compliment. A sincere one gives a great boost for morale. We shouldn’t live for other people’s praise, but we should be liberal in ours. So tell us a compliment you were given that charged your batteries.
Don’t be embarrassed to tell it. We’ll rejoice with you and even use it to recognize God’s gift in you.
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