May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue.
There is a fine line between flattery and genuine encouragement, but we can all feel when we are flattering and not being truly authentic in our encouragement…and if we’re wise, we can feel it when we are on the receiving end as well.
Socrates said, “Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.”
Dale Carnegie said, “Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.”
Flattering others is similar to boasting about ourselves. It is an attempt to counteract insecurities, but falls far short of ever truly remedying them. Today, and every day, let’s be aware of the words we speak and the motivations behind them. When we filter past flattery and boasting we very well might find that there is genuineness that is far more encouraging anyway.