Do you want to persuade others to come to your aid? Then use this biblical technique of respecting their privacy and property rights.

I almost feel like today’s topic is a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you respect someone else’s property rights?

But unfortunately, in today’s political climate, the phrase “fairness” is often used to step on someone’s property rights. It seems to give them the moral authority to take what they want and give it to their political allies.

But the Bible has something different to say about this.

In the book of Acts (chapter10), you’ll read about a Roman military officer named Cornelius. An angel appeared to him, and told him to send for Peter, who was in a town about 30 miles away.

Cornelius, since he was a military officer, had the power to take what he wanted from the people. But he was a smart leader. He knew how to persuade people without having to revert to force.

One of the techniques he used was to respect for other people’s privacy and property. Here’s what he did.

Since he couldn’t leave his post, he sent two of his personal servants and one of his soldiers (under his charge) to look for Peter. Now they could have easily pounded on doors and hauled Peter away.

But instead, they didn’t even go near the house where Peter was, until they were invited in. They stayed off the property, outside of the gate:

The men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. Acts 10:17-18

This is powerful tactic that gets the attention of others. So often, people in authority want to flex their muscles and use the power that their position has access to. But smart leaders know that letting others feel respected, they will actually have a greater chance of persuading them to do what they want done.

In the case of Peter, the Holy Spirit told him to go with the men. But the angel didn’t say to invite them in as his guest. Right? And that is exactly what Peter did.

If you want to persuade others to do your bidding, start by treating them and their property with respect.

It is how to “make money, God’s way.



Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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