How should the wise man speak? 1.29.12

by Aaron K.

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How should the wise man speak? 1.29.12

The wise are known for their understanding,

and pleasant words are persuasive.

From a wise mind comes wise speech;

the words of the wise are persuasive.

Kind words are like honey—

sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:21, 23, 24 NLT)

A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one’s reputation. They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases. Gracious speech is like clover honey-good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. (Proverbs 16:21, 23, 24 MSG)

These verses are great as they logically layout how a wise man’s speech should be experienced by others. Pleasant words are persuasive. Words of the wise are persuasive. Therefore a wise mans words are pleasant…gracious in speech. Gracious by definition means kind and courteous. A man who is gracious in his speech speaks with genuine concern for his listener. He is not a people pleasure for truthfulness is critical, but his speech is uniquely crafted to be well received…persuasive only to the degree the listener’s best interests are at heart. Action. My sons, a mans speech and his ability to deal with people is everything in life. The brightest minds in the world are many times rendered useless for they refuse to learn how to communicate their knowledge effectively and persuasively to others. Strive to be gracious always in your speech, as a leader always using your words to serve others, by guiding and persuading in the direction that is best for them.