We all have that one person in our lives who gets on our nerves, because they spend 99% of their time — our time — talking about how great they are. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 27:2 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
As humans, we like to be praised — whether it be for good character, degrees, or our latest accomplishments. Maybe this is due to our early childhood experiences. When we were babies, we were praised for literally everything. Things as simple as cracking our first smile or sitting up warranted eruptions of applause and cheers from family and friends alike. Some people just can’t let go of the high they get from congratulations. As a result, they resort to praising themselves when no one else will do it for them. The Bible tells us, however, that it is best to leave that task to others. Praise means so much more when it comes from other people. When it does, it has greater authenticity, because others are testifying of your good attributes. Which means, if you have to praise yourself because no one else will, there is a great likelihood that you do not deserve it.
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