My love language is words of affirmation

“We are not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else…” 1 Thessalonians 2:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21, Psalm 30, and 1 Thessalonians 2.

Many out there in the readership are aware of Gary Chapman’s book on “love languages.”  I think that it is insightful.  You read it and find out about yourself and about others.

As much as I appreciate the information that “Love Languages” provides, I also believe that we need to be careful what we do with the information.

I read a verse like 1 Thessalonians 2:6 and I realize that my need of words of affirmation must NOT drive me to seek that affirmation from others.

I want my “well done’s” to come from God.  That is where Paul is going with today’s verse.

Working well without leaving my footprint should be what I do.  If I crave praise then I will overreact if it comes.

God is taking care of me.  He knows what I need.

If I do get praise I must be quick to deflect it to God.  He deserves all praise.

“Lord, I love You.  Thank You for all Your many good gifts to me.  I revel in them.  Forgive me of my sins.  Cleanse me.  Fill my voice with praise for You.  I love You, Father.”

God is worthy of praise, not us.

St. Lucia

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