Eulogize (εὐλογητός/εὐλογέω)

The concept of “blessing” in Scripture either means, “to be happy” or, “to speak well of”. To eulogize someone is to bless them by speaking well of them; speaking of the good things someone has done.

Eulogy is often used concerning God and His Christ. When we “bless” God, we are speaking well of Him due to His character and what He has done. He visited and redeemed His people (Luke 1:68 ). He is the Father of mercies and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3 ). We are born again according to His mercy through the resurrection of Jesus Christ out from the dead (1 Peter 1:3 ). Christ was first sent to the Jews to speak well of them by turning each one of them away from their malignant evil (Acts 3:26 ).

In a world that loves darkness (John 3:19 ), we walk as luminaries by showing the life of God in action (Philippians 2:15 ); therefore, in contrast to those who blasphemy and revile us, we are to speak well of them (1 Peter 3:9 ), seasoning our words with a bit of grace (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6), for remember, it is the kindness of God that brings a change of mind, not wrath (Romans 2:4). This is not ignoring someone’s wrong or overlooking the necessity of penalty for their actions. It is to not retaliate in kind. They persecute, blasphemy, and revile us for living and speaking the truth, but we do not speak things about them that are not true nor curse them (Romans 12:14), for they will be put to shame in the day of visitation, when others examine us and see our works are good (1 Peter 2:12). And as we […]