Character Is Praised… “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
People pronounce a person of character as trustworthy and true. They praise them for their God fearing faith. They praise them for their God fearing conduct. They praise them for their God fearing children. The common theme for praise from Christ’s followers is God fearing, for those who fear the Lord allow the Holy Spirit to change their character.
Indeed, you receive praise and immediately give it to the one all deserving of praise, Jesus Christ. Praise from others is your opportunity to point them back to the One who is the originator and sustainer of your character, Christ Jesus. Your character is your creditability when you speak of the Lord, so you can leverage your life for Christ’s sake.
Furthermore, your greatest praise comes from God, “No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God” (Romans 2:29). He praises those whose heart has been humbled by the Holy Spirit, so praise Him for His praise!
Do I praise others for their God fearing behavior? Do I allow others to praise me? Do I give back praise to my Heavenly Father as an offering of gratitude and praise?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
May 7, 2021
“Exhaustion is the enemy of intimacy. Only as you care for yourself do you have a healthy self to give away.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 7, 2021 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is [...]
May 6, 2021
“Our movement needs an aim and a destination.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 6th, 2021 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my [...]
May 5, 2021
“New moms under the influence of Christ influence their baby for Christ.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 5, 2021 Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Psalm 86:16 Moms who serve [...]