Proverbs 25:6-7 “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.”
To be elevated in the sight of one’s peers is a humbling matter indeed. To take their praise to heart would wholly eliminate the genuine sincerity of the one giving it. False humility is also a pride of a kind that can suck the life out of any genuine praise offered.
So, how are we to accept someone’s complement of good seen or done in us?
Would it be pride on our behalf to accept such praise? We read further:
Proverbs 27:2 “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
How we think of ourselves is a matter of great importance. The apostle Paul had it right:
1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Our life because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ should be not just considered but put to the forefront of our priorities. When we see ourselves correctly, we can have the proper perspective in work and all our relationships.
While the world tells us to have self-esteem, know that as a child of God, we are esteemed royalty, a child of the King of Kings. We have a home in Heaven that is said to be a mansion. We are adopted and can never be rejected or forsaken.
There are many more promises to recall, but I think we get the picture.
From this vantage point, we can be at peace with ourselves and others. We must also realize that every child of God is a purchased possession.
We are bought with the price of the Savior’s blood.
None else can make us righteous.
None else can make us holy.
None else can make us accepted, loved, and secure.
May we ever be humble enough to accept praise but immediately divert it to the One responsible. Should we step in the light to which only God deserves, we would deflect the praise, honor, and glory He so rightly deserves.
(Apologies for the late entry today – technical difficulties have hampered us from delivering this sooner.)