A compliment can lift the mood and spirit, make a better connection, and help the person giving it as much as the person receiving it. Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
The dictionary defines a compliment as a polite expression of praise or admiration.
Christians should be complimentary people. We should see good things and have the courage to encourage others. We should never try to flatter (giving a compliment for selfish gain), but should seek to build others up.
Make A Difference
A compliment can change the direction of a conversation and soften a heart.
You never know what someone will do with a compliment. I remember very specific compliments in my life – some have shaped the direction in my calling to ministry.
Authentic compliments to children and teens can turn the tide of their behavior, commitment, and willingness to try new things.
How to Compliment
Giving a compliment becomes easier when you put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Always be natural when giving a complement and be as specific as possible.
When you give a well deserved compliment it helps build your own self confidence! If you notice that you’re always finding the negative in others, you may be dealing with your own personal negativity issues. One small step to overcome this is to build someone else up.
What are you waiting for? Encourage each other and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT).