An old politician once noted: “Praise is like perfume. It’s okay to smell it as long as you don’t swallow it.” Politicians pour out praise for anything that will benefit themselves it seems—that is why it does not have much value. However, honest and heartfelt praise is the right thing to do when deserved. Children need praise to build their confidence. Workers need praise and appreciation for a job well done. We all are encouraged and inspired when honest praise is given.
In the home, the Bible states that a husband should praise his wife (Proverbs 31:28 Proverbs 31:28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
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