Sometimes it’s difficult or awkward to praise people. And yet, as Christians, we ought to be fountains of blessings to others. Bless and Be Blessed by Peter Lord provides helpful training in how to bless others, whether it’s family, friends, coworkers, or the weary clerk at the checkout line. Not only does the author provide a biblical basis for blessings, he also provides practical steps to help you think through what you might say (if it doesn’t come naturally to you). The book also contains numerous exercises or challenges to get you to begin actually blessing other people and not just thinking about it.
Peter Lord describes the power of blessings, both in the Bible and in real-life examples. A simple word of blessing can change the direction of someone’s life, melt a hardened heart, and help change a person from the inside out. If every Christian read Bless and Be Blessed, the world would be a better place.
“As we train ourselves to notice the positive things in others and comment on them, we become increasingly conscious of these qualities.”
“The reinforcement of actions or words through repetition and regularity develops a habit.”
“Spirit-filled living causes us to see and love others as Jesus did.”
“When we know how blessed we are now in Jesus, in spite of our past, we are able to see the good in others and call attention to it.”
“The condition of our own heart determines to a large degree what we see in others.”
“Love is communicated in five ways—through quality time, words spoken, gifts given, touch, and service.”