A Compliment: A polite expression of praise and respect.
You can always tell when a person is having a ‘Phony’ moment. They are complimenting you or praising you and over doing it. They aren’t even your friend like that, and have never invested in you as a person. They are selfish and self seeking. There is something they want from you. They may even want to use you for a particular reason. Flattery can lend itself to ruin! This is what God says about such persons, "He that blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him" (Proverbs 27:14), because it's nothing but flattery!
Compliments are good and honorable, and healthy, but only if they come at the appropriate time for the right occasion and for the right reason.
Compliments show support, encouragement and respect, and they can spur the individual on to succeed even more.
A person who is able to give a compliment shows that they truly appreciate another’s gift, talent, ability, or particular action or reaction they took.
Failure to compliment another shows selfishness, jealousy, envy, pride, and ones own inadequacies.
Not only do we praise others, in the world, for their talents and gifts, we put our money behind their products. We support their activities as well. How much more, should we be supportive, towards our fellows in the body of Christ, who have and are benefitting the Lord's people in some way.
Some engage in ministry work that advances the cause of Christ. Do we support them with encouragement of any kind? Have we backed them with encouraging words, or even possibly, financially?
Christ said, "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up (encourage or support)" (Romans 15:2)
Look at the well deserved compliments Christ gave to the following persons:
The Widow and Her Mite : " She did what she could" (liberal with the little she had).
Mary (Martha's sister): For having "The Better Part" (spent more time listening to Him than busy serving).
The Centurion: "Not even in Israel have I found such faith."
The Canaanite Woman with the demon possessed daughter: "Oh woman great is your faith."
James and John: "Sons of Thunder."
John The Baptist: "No man born of woman was greater than this prophet."
Peter: "Thou art Rock."
Mary Magdalene: "She hath loved much."
In the end, Christ will compliment all those who remained faithful and steadfast to him on the earth with: "Well done, good and faithful servant."
HE IS OUR EXAMPLE!