“When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them” (2 Corinthians 10:18, NLT).

Many people have the idea all God does is find fault. Anyone who has watched TV or seen movies depicting judgmental religious folks or has been given “the look” might have the impression God is the same way. After all, if someone’s followers are sour, fault-finding and negative, the one being followed must be the same, right? But the problem isn’t with God, it’s with those who don’t understand who he is. It’s sad but many Christians’ lives reflect poorly on Christ.

When we think of praise, we usually think of praising God, but this verse tells us God praises us too! Commend can mean to applaud, approve, boost, build up, compliment, endorse, extol, pat on the back, speak highly of or support (thesaurus.com). He does all of this for us in Christ, who is our advocate, the one on our side. He is not always looking down his nose at us, but rather building us up and approving us in Christ. Perhaps if his followers were more like him in this regard, the world would see him in a new light. Our words and actions would commend or recommend him to others, rather than push them away.