How to give God glory when responding to a compliment?

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  1. grizzlor

    grizzlor Puritan Board Freshman

    I received a compliment the other day and was wondering something.

    What would be a good way to respond to the person to give God all the glory without sounding odd or cliche?
  2. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Good question :popcorn:
  3. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    Well, a simple thank you is half-way there. I'm one who takes to stammering around, too, when complimented, or minimizing the complement, etc. The ease of bringing glory to God amidst a compliment certainly depends, too, on what you're being complimented for. I've said, in the past, various things: "I'm thankful to God that my work/teaching/sermon" blessed you in that way." "Praise God that you were blessed", etc. It's hard, but practice helps (and I'm pretty unpracticed at it and don't always get the above out unless I'm very cognizant of what I'm doing at the time).
  4. TheFleshProfitethNothing

    TheFleshProfitethNothing Puritan Board Freshman

    Sometimes it's like the gospel, it offends, and people think your a nut case.

    Giving God all the Glory is foreign to the natural man, and the carnal man struggles with it as well.

    I just remember that "all good things come from the Father of lights"...and use that as a foundational thought in's not always the thought spoken, but leads to other scriptural things.

    And as Todd mentioned, it takes practice.
  5. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    A simple, "thanks" is all that is needed, usually. Sometime though, more is warranted.

    I think sometimes we can become so self-deprecating that it seems false...almost arrogant.
  6. Wannabee

    Wannabee Obi Wan Kenobi

    I often (well, not that it happens often) reply with "Praise God." It offers agreement that the sermon, or whatever service, was done well, but gives credit where credit is due. If one preaches Scripture with integrity then they've done well, so it's not disingenuous to accept the compliment in the praise of the One who gives us strength and works in us to will and to do.
  7. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    I ditto the simple thanks as being best...or a "cool."

    I almost stopped complimenting people altogether as a new Christian when I ran into a lady notorious for the "No, it's not's just the Lord...I couldn't possibly do anything but the Lord is good and it is all me...." for at least 3 or 4 solid minutes..... that taught me for sure!
  8. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I ran into her too...did she have blue hair? :lol:
  9. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Yes, and it was very tall...wait, that was Marge Simpson!
  10. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

  11. Poimen

    Poimen Puritan Board Post-Graduate


    Anyways... I have learned over the years to take a compliment in a gracious fashion. Though most people are probably not offended it is actually rude to try to deny that what you did had anything to do with you - they wanted to encourage you and you end up denying them that opportunity (especially in the context of Christian brotherhood and giving).

    I have changed my ways and now I usually say "You are welcome" or "It was my pleasure. I do try, however, to respond like Joe with "Praise the Lord" when the compliment is given with respect to a sermon.
  12. Herald

    Herald Moderator Staff Member

    To a Christian: "Thank you."

    To an unbeliever: "Thank you."
  13. No Longer A Libertine

    No Longer A Libertine Puritan Board Senior

    I usually feign bashfullness, put on my aw-shucks demeanor, flip my wrist in playful dismissal and flirtaciously encourage them with the reply "Go on."

    I earn cute points and bring much shameless glory to myself at this juncture.:p

    On a serious note it is odd when people give you props for physical attributes, I have really blue eyes and the ladies can't resist 'em, the rest of me they can, but the eyes they gravitate to like a moth to a flame; I just can't take credit for these baby blues.
  14. Tim

    Tim Puritan Board Graduate

    Sometimes I have hesitated to complement the pastor on his sermon because I don't want to cause him to become proud. I suspect some pastors have to work against feelings of pride about how well they lead their flock. Or even other people in their secular vocations.

    But someone told me once that a good thing to say is "I think you were faithful [to the text]. Thanks for that." It sounded like a good suggestion to me.
  15. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Interesting. Any difference in tone or inflection when speaking to a pagan? :duh:
  16. CalvinandHodges

    CalvinandHodges Puritan Board Junior

    Thank you

    Praise God!
  17. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    Me: "Thank you for your message I really appreciated what you said thismorning"
    Speaker (in a bashful manner): "Oh, it was the Lord."
    Me: "Well it wasn't that good."
  18. grizzlor

    grizzlor Puritan Board Freshman

  19. blhowes

    blhowes Puritan Board Professor

    My compliments to all participants of this thread. Very interesting reading. Good job!

  20. satz

    satz Puritan Board Senior

    Could you clarify a little what you were getting at, Kevin?

    I have to confess to being a little confused.
  21. gene_mingo

    gene_mingo Puritan Board Junior

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