“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Commendations by Christ

(Please read 2 Corinthians 10:17-18)

April 28

This passage indicates that there are people whom the Lord commends, but these are not the people who commend themselves or boast of themselves. To help tell the difference, let’s think of some people whom Jesus commended during his earthly ministry. We’ll give the scripture citations so you can read the details if you wish.

Keep in mind that Jesus was not a flatterer. His commendations, though sometimes prompted by a certain statement or deed, seemed actually to go beyond the moment and take into account the deeper subject of the kind of person whom he was commending.

He commended Nathanael for his lack of guile, after Nathanael had forthrightly expressed his doubts about any good thing coming out of Nazareth (John 1:45-57).

Jesus complimented a centurion for his great faith (Matthew 8:5-10), and John the Baptist simply for his greatness (Matthew 11:11).

A poor widow was commended by the Lord for her liberality (Mark 12:41-44), and a woman named Mary for a singularly kind deed she did for Him. He said she “poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial” (see Mark 14:3-9).

These instances tell us something about the kind of person the Lord commends. If they don’t describe you, we suggest calling on the Lord today to help you change your description.

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