Stop Hiding Your Appreciation
Better is an open rebuke than hidden love. — Proverbs 27:5
There have been moments in my marriage when I have been struck by how much I love my wife. In these moments, I find my mind focusing on a particular trait she has. For example, maybe it’s how she holds herself or the look she gives. Other times it has been her passion for her work or ministry. And sometimes even a tiny trait she has — like her adventurous spirit, acts of service, hospitality, or thoughtfulness. These moments come and go lasting only briefly for me, but the thoughts sometimes linger throughout the day. And there have been many times that I have said nothing about these thoughts I have, which is a huge mistake. This is what the writer in the text calls "hidden love." Yet we shouldn’t hide it. We should declare it.
When we declare the private thoughts of our appreciation for others, they know where we stand. And get this, a rebuke works the same way. It’s a public declaration of something we feel — an injustice. And we don't have a problem publically declaring the injustices we feel. So why do we hide our love? Why do we hide our appreciation? Why do we hide our affection? We should declare our love in the same way we declare a rebuke — openly, honestly, with emotion, and out loud.
Today practice declaring your appreciation for others. When you have one of those moments you're thinking about how much you appreciate someone, like your wife, a child, or a friend, just say it. Love has a powerful impact on others, and it’s far more potent than a public rebuke.
ASK THIS: Who is someone you need to appreciate today?
DO THIS: Tell them right now what you appreciate and why. (Share it below)
PRAY THIS: God, give me renewed masculine strength to show appreciation for others.
PLAY THIS: Thank You
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