Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ecclesiastes 10:11

This verse is comparing wisdom to charm and a fool to a serpent. In other words, you have a better chance imparting wisdom to someone (particularly someone not intrested in wisdom) with gentleness and patience.
Matthew Henry provides an example of this scenario with, "...a ruler that has liberty of speech and may say what he will, it is as dangerous dealing with him as with a serpent uncharmed; but, if you use the enchantment of a mild and humble submission, you may be safe and out of danger..."
If you're trying to share the gospel with someone, or just wisdom, picture yourself as a snake charmer. You must enchant with patience and love, not shouting and hurling insults.
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