Power of Appreciation

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Paul knew how to appreciate his brothers and sisters in Christ. In almost every letter he wrote, we find words of gratitude and recognition for people in the church.

For example, Paul praises the Thessalonians who received the Gospel in the midst of their suffering when he says:

And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Archaia. 1. Thessalonians 1, 7

Or in Colossians 2,5 he appreciates the discipline and faith of the church.

At the end of the letters, he greets people and notes the great work some individuals have contributed. For example:

Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. Romans 16,6

People in the ancient times didn’t know “silent reading”. They always read aloud, even when they were alone. And letters were read out before the whole congregation. In this verse, Paul appreciates the hard work Mary has done and mentions it specifically so that all the people of the church in Rome can know what she has accomplished for them.

How important this is! Imagine how hard it was to build new churches which represented a new orientation. They needed those words to know that they are on the right path so they could become motivated to press forward and build their church. Just as in biblical times, appreciation is as important for us today!

Just think about all the pressure that students, business people, pastors, parents and children face. Moreover you see advertisements of great looking thin models and TV-shows about people having seemingly perfect relationships every day. Even on social media, everyone seems to have the perfect life. And what about you? You don’t really know if you are good enough.

But one thing is for sure; you are definitely good enough for God. He loves you infinitely! Never forget that.

As his children of God we are called to live in his love and act like citizens of heaven. This means to know how loved we are and carry his love out into the world. Everyone needs appreciation. I don’t think you can spread too much encouragement. 😉

Especially in relationships it is of enormous importance that our friends know how much we value and appreciate them. The same goes for romantic relationships. Do you know what the biggest reason is for cheating? According to a study by Gary Neuman, the number one reason why men cheat is because of a lack of appreciation. According to the Huffington Post the same counts for women. Crazy how important expressing appreciation is and how everyone thirsts for it!

What is true in relationships also holds up in business. Charles Schwab, who was an US industrialist, said:

So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.

He also stated:

The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.

Do you want to develop the best in your employees, your children, your spouse and your friends? Tell them how much you appreciate them! I’m not talking about shallow compliments just to tell something good about them. Instead make up your mind and think about what you really love about that person. What makes him or her special? Don’t hesitate to spread those positive words!

With appreciation you can make someone’s day. And probably more than that!

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