When I receive a compliment, it gives me a warm, inner glow. At times I have felt guilty for enjoying a commendation. After all, isn’t that a form of pride? But I have concluded that it is not wrong to feel good when we receive a sincere compliment because of something we have done.
By finding pleasure in being commended, we allow others to exercise their gift of encouragement. Their words can lift our spirits.
We also show that pride hasn’t gained the upper hand in our lives when we praise others. A proud person is so preoccupied with himself that he doesn’t notice what others do and has no desire to compliment them.
Paul freely commended his friends in Colosse because he knew it would encourage them. And we should do likewise.
Give people a pat on the back when they deserve it. Compliment the child who does something well. Commend the single mother who regularly brings her children to church. Encourage the man who keeps helping others even though he receives little appreciation from them. Keep trying to please God and the people around you.
No need to feel guilty about feeling good when someone compliments you.
For Further Thought
How do I respond when someone commends me?
Why is it sometimes hard to accept a compliment?
Do I freely praise others for their accomplishments?
Praise loudly, blame softly.