“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.