Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Persuasive Speech – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 15
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Persuasive Speech
Not a whole lot of us have princes that we need to contend with, so to make this relatable to all of us, let’s talk about why the Lord used a prince as an example in the first place. We’ll just take the characteristics that may pertain to everyday people.
First thing I would point out is that a prince might be difficult to reach. It may require a lot of effort to gain audience with a prince, and it may take several different appointments in order to get a point across to someone as busy as a prince may be.
Some people are like this. Persuasive speech is difficult to utilize, when we are limited by time or opportunity. Because of this we may think we’d have to blurt out what we can in order to make a point.
Second thing I would think is important to recognize about using a prince as an example, is because people can’t gain audience with a prince and start barking orders at them. This would only anger a prince, and most likely be a move that would place your life at risk.
Using persuasive speech isn’t all about making someone do something through fear or by barking the loudest. To persuade is to coax someone to think along the same lines as you do.
It could be your boss, family, loved ones, friends, and also enemies. The verse above is teaching us how to use persuasive speech to change one’s way of thinking about something, rather than bombarding them with words.
Christians go off the deep end concerning this I believe. Of course I have to say not all Christians, but the loudest and typically the most visible.
I believe in the effectiveness of hellfire preaching, because it is vital information to the unsaved individual. But that’s preaching, not witnessing. The people who are the most difficult to reach with the gospel, are those who, like the prince, are tough to reach, give little time, and respond adversely with aggressive approaches.
Persuasive speech is necessary to win difficult souls to the Lord, along with prayer and direction from the Father. The verse above gives a key ingredient to persuasion, which is long forbearing.
Long forbearing is the opposite of what we tend to want to do, no surprise really. Many of us like to jump the shark in order to move on to the next situation, rather than take time and some wise moves to remove the hard shell from the bone, and break it with a soft tongue.
You hear of trying to get through someone’s shell as it would relate to get a point across to someone. The verse above is telling us how to do just that. But the order given is deliberate, as a soft tongue, or a couple of gentle words, won’t usually break through a hardened bone.
Through time, leading of the Father, persuasive speech, and repeated effort, will one’s heart become more pliable. In that condition one would be more able and prepared to hear, accept, and receive, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This could also pertain to many different things in life, but I’m sticking with the gospel, because that is far more important to everyone, whether they want to believe it or not.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Acts 18: King James Bible
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Romans 8: King James Bible
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Thank you for your forbearance toward us, who at times behave foolishly, and even sometimes in your name. Thank you also for your patience and willingness to correct us when we’ve fallen into error. Teach us to use persuasive speech effectively, and not to waste words. Grant us the wisdom and understanding, to know when and where to use this powerful tool you’ve given us. Grant us special insight, so that we may be better servants, and more effective as we strive to carry out your will upon the earth. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you know that other religions rake in thousands of souls, leading them into falsehood due to persuasive speech?
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