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BEING AN INFLUENCE

September 13, 2016

Tuesday

 

Proverbs 25:15

 

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.

 

 

LESSON

 

By forbearance, a ruler may be persuaded.” That is, do not speak too long or too forcefully. A gentle tongue can be very powerful. “Calm and patient speech can break down insurmountable Opposition. The bones are the most rigid body parts inside of a person, and fracturing the bones here refers to breaking down the deepest, most hardened resistance to an idea a person may possess.

David convicted King Saul of his unwarranted harsh treatment of him with simple words. Abigail changed David’s attitude completely by appealing to him humbly and reasonably. She tried to force nothing with her words. Nathan later won David’s confession with a simple story, not with threats or demands.

A meek and gentle way of discourse is the most effectual means to overcome the fiercest passions and most obdurate, cruel dispositions. A calm and gentle way in vindicating ourselves is the most effectual means to work confusion in such as would calumniate and reproach us.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 14:13

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