Scripture and the church have always taken a dim view of flattery also because it perpetuates the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins: pride. Flattery, in short, is deadly for the giver and the receiver.
God has given us our lives twice: first through creation and then through the death and resurrection of God the Son. Maybe like Sheldon Cooper we'd rather not live with a sense of biding indebtedness, but there it is.
Whatever else Easter means, it does not mean people stop dying. The Thessalonians knew what we still know: namely, the stark and stubborn fact of death in our world poses a most difficult challenge to our faith.