Moving From Fuzzy Platitudes to Concrete Praise
Yesterday we saw wisdom in commending that which is most commendable in people. What is it that makes something commendable?
All beauty is rooted in Jesus Christ, who is the flawless standard of everything good. We should praise that which is praiseworthy, and that which is most praiseworthy is the Father’s beloved pre-eminent son in whom he is well-pleased. All praiseworthy qualities and characteristics originate with him, are derived from him, and mimic him in one way or another.
One way to give God-centered praise to those who are not God is to commend the image of Christ that is being imaged forth from them, for we are all made in his image.
Imitating Jesus pleases God, especially when it stems from reproduction of the life of Christ in a person transformed by faith. But we can also commend the echoes of Jesus in unbelievers in the same way that…