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Why We Need to Learn to Take Compliments Well

  • Jennifer Waddle
Why We Need to Learn to Take Compliments Well

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

It can be awkward accepting compliments from others, especially when we don’t have a healthy view of who we are in the Lord. When our identity is defined by how we look or perform, our critical nature can cause us to reject compliments or blow them off as unimportant.

Though compliments may feel awkward at the time, they are actually blessings of encouragement. Here are a few reasons why we need to learn to take compliments well:

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