Scripture: Romans 15:13
Topic: Just say Thank you
I love compliments, everyone does but we just don’t know how to respond to a compliment without coming out prideful. So we gently turn the compliment a negative way. We say things like: “no that was bad, you could have done better than me.” Or we say: “You look beautiful too.” To be honest that’s just petty but even I do it sometimes. It’s a bad response. That’s insecurity speaking. Pride in disguise.
When offered a compliment just say Thank you! It’s your moment have it. Receive it. Embrace it. Thank you demonstrate your confidence and acknowledgement of your potential. Yes we praise God for what we can do because He made us and gave us all our abilities. But God is not an insecure God. I’m sure He’s happy to share the credit with us. He’s not going to turn you into a pillar of salt for saying thank you to a compliment.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT
Note the words in bold. When we completely trust God we become confident in all we do. We show humility in its most authentic way by appreciating graciously a compliment. We are not being boastful. Saying thank you doesn’t mean I’m not praising and thanking God for the ability He has given me to be best in all I do. My humility doesn’t stop or change my praise. I could be saying thank you with my mouth to someone and praising God in spirit at that very moment.
Humility is not measured by how I give my answer to a compliment. My level of humility is between me and God, it’s nobody else’s business. When I become boastful God will know and call me to order.
Take a compliment. It’s not a sin.