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Word for Today / Getting people to listen to you (1)

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‘The common people heard Him gladly.’ Mark 12:37 NKJV

The Bible says concerning Jesus: ‘The common people heard Him gladly.’Why? Because His words were backed by these all-important things: His character, His conduct, and His concern for others. In short, Jesus earned the right to speak. Have you? Getting people to listen calls for: insight. When what you say truly helps somebody, you form a connection.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the most admired figures in American history and known for his homespun wisdom, had a remarkable career. Interestingly, he had little formal education. He attended school for only two years, yet he was highly respected because of his knowledge and keen insight. A voracious reader and an intellectually curious man, he became expert in a remarkable number of areas: printing and publishing, politics, civic activism, the sciences, and diplomacy. He was an innovative inventor who secured the support of France during the Revolutionary War, founded the first public library in America, served as the first president of the American Philosophical Society, and helped draft the Declaration of Independence.

Biographer Walter Isaacson called Franklin ‘the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.’ People felt a sense of connection when Franklin shared his wisdom.

Here’s how this applies to you. When you love people, work hard, study, develop and share your expertise in a given area, they will learn to respect and listen to you. And when it comes to listening, you don’t get what you demand, you get what you earn.

written by Bob Gass
 
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[for me anyway] it is like Paul told the Galatians (Galatians 1:10) that do I now persuade men or God: or do I seek to please (impress,flatter) men; for if I yet pleased (impressed,flattered) men I should not be the servant of Christ.
Christ Jesus is not a product to be marketed, nor is He to be spoken of as the world coveys itself with great swelling words of vanity: rather as the Lord Jesus Himself did in that He went somewhere and told the Truth and continued on His way, and they that accepted it followed Him; and they that rejected it did not follow Him: and He did not stay and try to convince them to follow Him as one trying to sell a product, Nay rather He just told them the Truth and went His way, and nothing more.
 

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