Daily Bible Study
Green Bay, Wisconsin
June 9, 2017 7:50am CST
Day 273 Proverbs 27:2 Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. How well do you take compliments and praise? Some shy away from it, while others lap it up and even blow their own horn, patting themselves on the back for their achievements. Solomon said you are not to praise yourself, but allow others to do it. It is the same as expecting the best seats at the table, or to be feted over by your peers. Jesus said you are not to take the best seat at the table, but the lowest, just in case someone more honorable and worthy come and you are asked to sit elsewhere. Then you allow your host to sit you in an honorable place. Luke 14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee comes, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11 For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Paul also commended the church in Rome not to think of themselves more highly than they ought. Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV) You know that when you see someone who is always bragging about his or her achievements and how important they are in the community, you want to run the other way. However, when someone wants to give you a compliment or praise you for your achievements, accept it with grace. One day you will all stand before God and he will give rewards to all those who trusted him and his Son, Jesus. You do not want to hear him say, you already have your reward. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou do thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou do alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which sees in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Let others praise you and not yourselves. Let’s pray: Father, let me praise others and not myself, thinking of myself more highly than I ought, but allowing you to praise me and reward me when I come before you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen. Copyright © 9 June 2017 by Valerie Routhieaux Image courtesy of Pixabay
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This is a really good read, and a really good lesson to be learned. I am someone who don't know how to react to praises. I don't know how to react. Can you explain how to 'accept it with grace' ? I usually just smile and say thanks, shyly.