One of the Greatest of Gifts to Give

There’s a gift we can hand out today that won’t cost us a cent, but the recipients will feel that we’ve enriched their day. What’s the gift? Paying someone a compliment! I find it interesting that we use the phrase, “paying someone a compliment.” Though this gift of a compliment costs us no money to give, we will have to pay the price of being attentive and responsive to those around us if we’re going to give one to someone.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Everybody likes a compliment.” If that’s true, and I believe it is, then we should be handing out compliments left and right.

Why don’t we hand out compliments more easily? It seems rather easy to hand out criticism. How often, after all, when a customer asks to see the manager is it to praise the good service rather than complain about the bad service? Not very often, I’m afraid.

Perhaps it’s partly because we feel we don’t get complimented very often. That may be true, but when I think about it, it feels as good to give a compliment as it does to receive one.

Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Isn’t it great to know we can have such positive power over people by simply paying them a compliment?

According to Jesus the greatest reward we’ll get from God in heaven is to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21,23) Think of it – heaven’s greatest reward is a compliment! I take that to mean that compliments are pretty important to Christ!

Compliments are one way to encourage people and the apostle Paul wrote the Thessalonians Christians to encourage people (and note that he complimented them in the process). “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact, you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

How about making it a little experiment to find as many opportunities as possible to pass out compliments today? We all like to get a complimentary gift so let’s be Christ’s complimentary gift to the people He’s put around us!


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