Pr. 27:14: “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him.”
I’ve always been a ‘morning person.’ I have no problem being loud first thing in the morning. I used to walk in to work having already been up for 2 1/2 hours, so I was peppy, singing, etc. Not everyone appreciated that, though. ha! We’re all wired differently.
This verse is talking more about “blessing” someone for the sake of others. It speaks to making a show of blessing or praising someone, so that all will not look at that person, but rather at you. As if you’re saying to everyone else, “Please listen to me as I praise this person! I am 1st in line. I am so eloquent. I am compassionate and wise. I am a wonderful human being.”
If that is the intention of the praise, then has the recipient truly been blessed? Nah. The one who we claim to be blessing will probably understand the true motive and therefore count it as a curse.
We should bless those around us, but not so that we can receive the credit or attention. Instead it should be from a heart of true thanksgiving, understanding, and gratitude. It should be for the other person’s sake, and not our own.
Look for a reason to bless someone. We all need that. But make sure that it’s not done so that you are actually the one receiving the praise.
Trying to whisper,