“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
If we are ever to be wise we must faithfully avoid praising ourselves.
2 Corinthians 10:12
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Self-praise is evidence of a prideful heart.
God hates pride; therefore when we allow it to creep into our lives, He is forced to intervene.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Our works are to be seen and not heard.
If we are faithful in our works of service, our Faithful Father will be glorified.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Throughout His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reiterated this Truth. Anything we do for the Lord must not be done to be seen of men, but rather so they may see Him. If our motive is to be seen of men, we shall have our reward.
“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”
Even Christ refused to praise Himself.
If He was not worthy to praise Himself, what makes us think we are?
“Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:”
May we seek to be praiseworthy while refusing to praise ourselves.
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