When our mouths are empty of praise for others, it is probably because our hearts are full of love for self.
God is not given the praise he deserves when we ignore or deny the work he is doing in people.
To fail to commend the character of Christ in people is to fall into the same lackluster indifference of a person who never exclaims what a beautiful morning it is, thereby robbing the Creator of glory he deserves for making that sky, that volcano, or that character.
Good affirmations are God-centered, pointing to the image of God in a person.
God is glorified in us when we affirm the work he has done and is doing in others.
We rob God of praise by not pointing out his reflection in the people he has knit together in his image.
Before being able to affirm people well, we need to learn to affirm God, the source of everything to be affirmed in people.