Give a Compliment

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

Think about the last time someone gave you a genuine, heartfelt compliment. Maybe a teacher told you that you did a great job on your work, or maybe a friend at school told you that she liked your outfit that day. Big or small, compliments are gifts that can go a long way, and the best part is, they’re totally free!

I know how much I appreciate it when someone takes the time to tell me something that they like about me, especially when I am having a hard day or feeling insecure about something. And one of the coolest things about compliments is that when you give one to somebody, it doesn’t just make them feel good – it actually cheers you up too.

God gave us kind words to build each other up, and it makes him smile when we use them. We are told in Proverbs, “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” In other words, anxiety makes us feel heavy, but kindness lifts us up. If anxiety is the sickness, kindness is the medicine. No wonder the Bible talks so much about kindness – it’s one of the nine fruits of the spirit because it can be so powerful!

Think about how you can share a kind word with someone this morning (and challenge yourself a little with this one – don’t just tell your best friend that you like her shoes – maybe compliment someone you don’t know as well or don’t always get along with). You’ll feel good after it, and you never know, you might just make someone’s day

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