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Sunday Morning AM Blog

“Can God Compliment Your Life?”

By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: A compliment is “an expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation. A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.” 

A. Compliments can be powerful gifts.

  1. The power lies in the reason for and giver of the compliment. “Flattery”—“excessive

    or insincere praise.” 2 can be insincere compliments, sometimes for things we have

    not done. Also, like flattery, compliments from those with selfish, ulterior motives.

  2. On the other hand, simply doing things just to get compliments is a form of

    selfishness and pride. Matt 6:1, 23:5

  3. Genuine compliments can encourage people to greater accomplishments, especially

    when they perform difficult tasks or tasks that often go unnoticed by others.

B. No greater compliments can be given than those from God’s examples in the New

Testament. Ask, “Can God compliment me like these in the New Testament?

I. “What zeal”

  1. 2 Cor 7:11, One can have godly sorrow and repentance, but will he become zealous?

  2. Concerning giving. 2 Cor 9:2

  3. God expects all Christians to be zealous. Titus 2:14, Rev 3:19

  4. Zeal for the wrong reason. Rom 10:1-3, Zeal for unauthorized activities in

    denominationalism and the church of Christ.

  5. Can God compliment your “zeal”?

II.“Faithful brethren”

  1. Col 1:2, Loyal, true and trustworthy.

  2. 1 Cor 4:2, A steward is one entrusted with the proper use of the goods of another.

  3. Rev 2:10, Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

  4. Can God have confidence in those who don’t keep appointments of the church?

  5. Can God compliment you for being trustworthy in faith and actions?

III. “Full of good works and charitable deeds”

  1. Acts 9:36, (36-42), Dorcas, Tabitha. Doing, not just saying, Jas 2:14-18,

  2. God expects Christians to be busy. Titus 3:1, 2:11-15, 1 Tim 2:8-10

  3. What are good works. Not simply refraining from bad works but “doing” good works

  1. What God calls good. Matt 19:16-17, Acts 10:37-38, John 4:34, 5:30, Matt 12:50

  2. Scriptures show good works, established before creation. 2 Tim 3:16-17, Eph 2:10.

    Many practice what they call good works that are not what scriptures call good works.

D. Can God compliment you for being “full of good works”?

IV. “For they refreshed my spirit”

  1. Christians refreshed Paul, 1 Cor 16:17-18, 2 Cor 7:13-16, 2 Tim 1:16-17, Phile 7

  2. Times when Christians need refreshing: Sickness, death in the family, struggles with

    problems, when facing corruption in this world.

  3. Can God compliment your efforts to refresh the spirits of the saints?

V. “She has done what she could”

1 American Heritage Talking Dictionary. Copyright © 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. 2 Ibid

Can God Compliment Your Life? 2

  1. Mark 14:8, (3-9), Many do not do what they can. Often blinded by what they cannot do, to be able to see what they can do, such as attend regular assemblies of the church, give time, effort, money and encouragement, or seek ways to teach others the gospel.

  2. Are you doing your best in what you are blessed to do? Everyone excels in something. God does not require you to do what you think others expect of you. He requires you to do what he expects of you, and he expects your best in whatever that is. He also expects you to be honest when deciding what you can do.

  3. Can God compliment you for doing your best?

VI. “First gave themselves to the Lord”

  1. 2 Cor 8:5, (1-15), The key to getting people to obey the Lord is to convince them to first

    give themselves to the Lord, then do what he wants.

  2. Can God compliment you for giving yourself to him first above all else?

CONCLUSION: Can God compliment you like he did in these examples?