Sounds like a compliment, I know, but it could create the impression that the person used to be really fat or unattractive. Better to say, “Wow, you look fantastic!” That way you’re not commenting on how the person used to look and you’re taking the past out of the picture.
I could have added more to this list – but I thought these ten were enough to chew on for now. I ask myself how many times do I glibly say things that might tear down instead of build up another person?
I believe the key is discernment. Discernment with genuine thoughtfulness: we can’t go wrong with those two. Add a dose of God’s love and compassion and we’ll make a big difference in our relationships.
Do you have some “never say” phrases you’d like to share? Send them to me here and I”ll post them!