Yesterday I was thinking how sweet it was when people say I look thin or compliment the way I look or the weight I’ve lost…it encourages me to keep at it and to not give into every temptation that I might come across.
So…I started thinking what wonders it would be if we were gracious enough to one another to compliment each other on the things that are not physical.
Imagine someone giving you a compliment on a scripture you’ve memorized, or on your graciousness to a friend, or better yet a stranger. On the impact you”ve made on their lives or on your reflection of Christ? You’d definitely be affected wouldn’t you?
Now, imagine how they would be affected by that compliment from YOU!
When was the last time you complimented someone on finishing their bible study or remembering to pray when they had lunch with you? Not just kids either, lol
If compliments on your dress or shoes makes you feel like a million bucks and makes you want to do it again…wouldn’t that same effect be happening in your spiritual life?
I know we are not to do things for the praises of man…but scripture also says for our words to encourage and edify each other.
I think that I am going to try this week and make a point to compliment and bless others with my words so that they may grow stronger and deeper in their faith.
What a firestorm we could start if we were just willing to open our mouths and encourage each other.
The IE Mommy
2 Corinthians 13:11 – New International Version (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
Acts 20:1-2 -The Message (MSG)
With things back to normal, Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus. Then, saying his good-byes, he left for Macedonia. Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 -New Living Translation (NLT)
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.