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“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…” (Proverbs 10:11 CSB).
In an age of “critical theory” and critical people in general, it’s refreshing to key into a critical need of believers in Jesus — the need to give an uplifting word or a compliment to someone, even more so when they least expect it. It doesn’t come naturally to the flesh. Our sinful nature is bent on touting ourselves, and staying mum regarding those we consider “competitors” in the grand contest for admiration and favour. Worse, we can withhold a good word or a deserving compliment under the pretence of “not wanting to give someone else a big head”.
Since we don’t have the right to judge how big someone else’s head might have the potential of getting, we should stop and take into account how large ours might be getting in the meantime. So, instead of being stingy with our praises, we should consider how our withheld blessings and encouragement might possibly rob—not only an individual from recognizing his or her potential, but might inhibit them from developing and sharing their gifts with others to the glory of God.
The Bible says “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11 KJV).
Let’s share some apples today. Let go of any haughtiness of mind or a critical spirit and be a blessing to someone else in Jesus name.
by Toni Babcock
Minnesota, USA - firstname.lastname@example.org
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