Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Initially, one might think that praising others or receiving the praise of others might be a wicked act, but the Bible does not reflect this. In Acts chapter 12, Herod was smitten by the Lord when he received praise from the people. The problem was not so much the praise he received, but his failure to, in turn, give glory to God (Acts 12:22-23). Contrary to what most Christians think, the Lord allows for the praise of others. In our passage, the Lord suggests that a virtuous woman will receive praise from her husband. In Proverbs 27:2, the Lord declares that one requirement in this matter is that a man only receive praise from the lips of another. When a man begins to praise himself, he does so in direct rebellion to the words and direction of God.
- (For children): Name some things dad and mom do for you every day. Have you ever told them that you are thankful for what they do? How would your praise of their actions make them feel?
- (For everyone): When is the last time you told someone else of his or her worth to you? When is the last time someone told you that you were of great worth to them? How did you handle the praise that was directed toward you?
- Read John 12:43, Romans 2:29. Is it possible that men can receive praise from God? How could this be possible? What reasons would lead you to your conclusion?
- Ask God to help you encourage others.
- Ask the Lord to help you receive praise by giving Him the glory.