“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

The other day while driving the kids to school I listened to the radio DJ on KLOVE Radio discussing how hard it is to receive a compliment from others. She was dialoguing with a listener who called in and was saying how she knows she should receive it but has a hard time. Apparently three out of four people feel this way according to a study she quoted.

The caller could relate but offered some insight she had heard from someone once, she said, “When you when you don’t receive a compliment you are robbing somebody else of their blessing”. It was quite powerful and the DJ, Amy, was very much encouraged. She really got it and hoped she could apply it the next time someone paid her a compliment.

Listening to this conversation I began to think of our Heavenly Father and, with that statement in mind, I mulled over this thought: When we are reluctant to receive a compliment not only would it rob the person giving it of their blessing, but it would also rob God. Why? Because God has commissioned us to exhort and encourage one another. It is His design. And He says you’re worth it!

One of the many gifts that God gives his people is the gift of exhortation. Know this: It is the will of God that his body be exhorted and encouraged. So if someone is paying you a complement then, yes, you should receive it! And receive it with joy. That person is operating in their gift. They are stepping out in obedience. It is the will of God that you be encouraged today.

FRIEND, It blesses the heart of God when we his beloved children receive the encouragement that He’s put on the heart of others to give to us because he says “You’re worth it.” God says, “You’re valuable!and when He says you need to be encouraged today He wants you to receive the complement.

TODAY: Receive compliments paid you with joy. Hold your head high knowing that God desires to encourage you. Know that you’re worth it and let this truth refresh and water your soul.

READ: Romans 12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 3:13; Deuteronomy 7:6

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