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2023 08 16

Good morning.

Do you feel awkward when someone compliments you?

Think about a time when you received praise from a parent, a teacher, or an employer. How did you feel? Did it make you glad or uncomfortable? For many people, praise is nearly as difficult to handle as criticism.

Because God’s Word instructs us to be humble we may sometimes feel confused about how to receive compliments. However, "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."

(Proverbs 16:24)

So how should we respond?

• Acknowledge the comment by thanking the person.Resist explaining why you are unworthy of praise or try to deflect such kindness. The Lord is using that person to bless you.

• Identify and acknowledge the character quality that led the other person to commend you. Perhaps he or she sees something you’ve missed and that God wants you to be aware of.

• Tell them what the encouragement means to you personally. Tell the other person how much you’ve been blessed by his or her attention and care. After all, praise can go both ways.

Enjoy a blessed day.


Mike and Daphne

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