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Friday, October 23, 2015

Learning To Communicate With Gentleness

In review of Proverbs 16:21 it says, “A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.” (Proverbs 16:21 TEV)

Bottom Line:
A wise person is known for their understanding, the more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.

What this means to me:
A wise person is known by his understanding and common sense. The more pleasant his words are the better is his ability is to cause others to do or believe something.

Gentleness is persuasive. A hard sell no longer works. No one responds well to someone yelling that he’s got this amazing deal we can live without. Typically we may buy because someone recommended it. This approach was likely gentle with no agenda, which in turn was far more persuasive.

Proverbs 25:15 says, “Gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses” (MSG).  If I want to convince someone, being gentle will get their attention better, because gentleness will  break down rigid defenses.

Screaming never really works, even with the most stubborn child. If I have something to say or communicate, I should communicate it in love and with gentleness. The New Century Version translation of Proverbs 25:15 says, “A gentle word can get through to the hard-headed.

Gentleness is much more persuasive. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:21, “A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is” (TEV).

This is the mark of maturity. Wise, mature people are pleasant. Fools and idiots are rude. I’ll never persuasive when I’m abrasive.

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