Appreciation is recognizing and having admiration on the good character or qualities of someone.
It is expressing your gratefulness, happiness and approval over others and at the same time being thankful of what we have. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV).” Through being appreciative, you are encouraging and uplifting others by making them feel special and welcome. This is taking your focus off yourself and directing it to a form of giving value to others as it is fueled by our thankfulness to God for all the things He did. Appreciation is also lifestyle that must be built up in us.
Appreciation character is also another form of honoring and respecting other people, family, or friends while being thankful or grateful for what we have. This is as what 1 Peter 2:17 states, “show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, and honor the emperor (NIV).” There are many people that are putting down others and only a few that builds them up. Remember that as you learn to honor and respect others, this form of appreciation can help a person to be delivered from any emotional bonds that binds them. This character can also set a nature of luring others to God and making their relationship towards Him healthy and strong.
There are times that appreciating others is easier said than done. There are some wherein this gesture maybe difficult for them to do due to some insecurity reasons. However as Christians, you must have a heart to appreciate. The moment you release your appreciation over other people, the better you will feel. Remember that you are called to care for others for them to see hope from our God. Be the shining light towards them.
Here are some ways you can do to show appreciation to others:
- Giving of sincere compliments. Giving compliments must be from the heart and not just out of the lips.
- Showing off gratitude by taking time to write and send the note to someone. A simple thank you is a great way of doing it.
- Being a happy with others’ success. This is showing your joy towards them so they may feel special. Instead of getting jealous over their success, learn to appreciate and be happy for them instead.
- Honoring to whom honor is due. This also includes giving off respect to others.
Appreciation leads you to a realization that we need to be thankful for all the things that God is doing over your lives. The relationship you are in right now, opportunities offered and all the blessings He gave are so much to be thanked for.