The Power of a Compliment

They are free. They are easy to say. Most people have an idea of something they could say on a moments notice. And yet, they are the words we say the least.

It’s a compliment: words of praise and admiration spoken to another person.

A compliment is different than gratitude. Gratitude is an expression of thanks for something you did, especially for me. Compliments are words that politely congratulate positive attributes.

The Biblical writers tell believers to build up one another, encourage one another, and love one another. There is no more straightforward way to do that than to compliment someone on something.

Mark Twain is credited as saying, “I could live for two months on a good compliment.” There is power not only in words but in positive statements. Today could be the day that you add sunshine to someone’s life. You could say something that will help, encourage, and demonstrate the love of Jesus to another person.

May your words today be full of grace. May they also offer Christlike praise to other people.

And might I add, you are a wonderful person for even considering doing it. You are God’s unique creation and a power for him in the world by being so kind.

Didn’t that feel good?

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