Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way. Luke 6:26 NABRE
Luke writes about a sermon Jesus provides to a crowd which includes four blessings and four woes. Blessings are used to mean happy, Jesus for example says, happy are you who are hungry because you will be satisfied. Jesus addresses poverty, hunger, weeping and hatred and in each case provides a reason for happiness, your circumstances will change. When warning about receiving things now Jesus says woe to the rich, those filled, those who laugh and those who receive human praise for your future will change to provide them less. The verse quoted highlights the receiving of good comments from other’s speaking well of us. If we are spoken well of by people, we receive a false positive sense, an inflated ego from people who may not really know our hearts. Receiving accolades now can be like people who receive applause yet haven’t really done anything deserving of honor. Jesus’ point is we are better off living without the credos of those in the world so that we may receive blessings from God. God will find a way to bless us with a special grace, but will find it unnecessary if we are accepting glory from other people. This becomes a woe because like those who were impressed by false prophets, you are not hearing God’s words but the praise of humans who would falsely thrust God’s glory on you, which is meaningless. What you really want to hear is praise from God who will lift you in glory.
God is always impressed with you and will praise you. But it will not come in the form of words spoken by others but through blessings you will receive in your life. Ignore the praise of other people, seek only the glory from God.
How do you feel about praise? Do you do things hoping for glory?God is always impressed with you and will praise you. But it will not come in the form of words spoken by others but through blessings you will receive in your life. Ignore the praise of other people, seek only the glory from God. Click To Tweet
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