Do not lift up your horn on high,The person on the left will tell you how great you are. It's his opinion. He may feel that way. You will want to believe him.
Do not speak with insolent pride.
For not from the east, nor from the west,
Nor from the desert comes exaltation;
But God is the Judge;
He puts down one and exalts another - Psalm 75:5-7, NASB
The person to the right will tell you she's never known a better person. She's sincere. You will be inclined to believe her.
There is nothing wrong with encouragement. We all need encouragement. And people generally mean well. But we must be cautious with compliments. They can inflate and skew our vision of self. We can even begin to look for them, expect them, become concerned if we do not receive them.
The only opinion that matters is God's. He is the righteous Judge. He sees correctly. Compliments from God are not flattery from beside us, but observations of truth from above us.
To the east, to the west, our neighbors know what they see. From above, the Father sees all things.
Let us learn to receive the blessing of encouragement, but resist the urge to sing our praises:
"But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob" (Psalm 75:9).