Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 April 2019

A Test of Character
“As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” (Proverbs 27:21)

Today’s Morsel:  How do you handle praise?  Some folk live for it by their actions, friends, and profession. Many have gone into depression and committed suicide because others stop praising them.  One figure skater even tried to hurt another figure skater because she was receiving more praise than her.  According to John Gill Commentary, “Either a man is known by the persons that praise him, according to what their characters are; if he is praised by good and virtuous men, he may be thought to be so himself; and if by wicked men, he may be concluded to be so likewise; or he is known by the effect that praise has upon him; if it swells him with pride, and makes him haughty, conceited, and overbearing, he will appear to be a weak and foolish man; but if he continues modest and humble, and studious and diligent to answer his character, thankful to God for what he has, and to whom he gives all the glory, he will approve himself a wise and good man.” Thus, vain men seek praise. Weak men are inflated by praise.  And wise men disregard praise.  Guard your heart. 

Sing:  I’m gonna praise the Lord any way that I can. I’m gonna praise the Lord any way that I can. Praise Him in the morning, praise Him all day long.  I’m gonna praise the Lord anyway that I can.

Thought For Today: Learn to live without desiring praise. (Parker)

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