Tag Archives: Praise

Proverbs 27:21

There’s nothing that shows the ugliness of pride quicker than praise.

Most people simply can’t handle being praised without succumbing to a measure of pride.  The degree to which we fall varies depending on the situation, but few people are truly able to refuse the praise for long.  Even when we attempt to direct the praise to God, where all praise belongs…true humility is a rare thing.

When God uses a person to accomplish something noteworthy or good, that person faces a test.  Praise, fame, acclaim…suddenly that person finds themselves in a position of temptation.  It feels good to be recognized for our good deeds or actions.  But there comes a point when, after giving the glory to God a few times, the person may just smile and say thank you rather than pointing to God.

Pride enters and it is a sin.

When you keep the glory for yourself rather than giving it to God, that is a sin.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
Proverbs 27:21 NLT


Psalms 65:8

Some days God gives us insight when we read His word.  Other days He fills us with feelings.  And some days we simply sit in awe of Him and all of His creation.

The love of God is amazing and meant to be shared.

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
Psalms 65:8 NLT



Flattery is excessive and insincere praise, oftentimes used to manipulate a person.

This verse makes a whole lot more sense once you define the word flatter.  You’ve probably heard the phrase “flattery will get you everywhere” used in flirting, or light joking, in a positive manner.  But there is nothing positive about flattery.

It is manipulative and coercive meant to “gently” get someone to agree to something or feel better about someone than what their conscience might be telling them.

It is destructive and it is a lie, but it the lie we all want to hear, and that is why it is so successful.

To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
Proverbs 29:5 NLT