August 22, 2015
Verse 27: Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
It seems obvious. It seems common sense. But I don’t know why this is hitting me as something that is difficult to practice. I suppose giving good in any share or form requires some sacrifice, which might be one reason why it’s difficult to put into practice, but things like giving a compliment barely requires any energy. Maybe it’s figuring out the timing as to when to give a compliment that is more difficult than the energy it takes to move my lips, and verse 28: "Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” — when you have it now with you” pretty much says to give it now when you can. It’s a good thing anyways. Maybe it’s the awkwardness I feel when I’m complimented that I feel others will feel when I compliment them. I both like and dislike compliments, which is weird. When I receive a compliment, a side of me thinks why am I receiving this compliment, do I really deserve it, or is it something else less genuine where I’m being manipulated. So when I give a compliment, I also think… is this a genuine compliment, and even if it is, might it come off to them as some kind of a bribe? I suppose some people like being bribed, but I don’t. I neither want to receive or give it. That’s why I think it’s easier to compliment or give things to people who I do not have much to gain from.
Application: give genuine compliments or acts of love as they come to mind throughout the day