“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11).
The book of Proverbs also says, “A patient man has understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”
Unfortunately, I am quick-tempered. If people come to me with criticism, I get so excited I forget to listen to the whole story. Immediately, my mind is flooded with all the things they could possibly mean or might be trying to do. I jump to conclusions. I make mistakes. I get my feelings hurt. Often, I can come out looking rather foolish.
My husband, on the other hand, is patient. He waits until he hears the whole story. He keeps his voice quiet and asks intelligent questions. When action is finally called for, he usually does the wise thing.
If, like me, you are not naturally patient, but are quick-tempered, you have some things to work on. Realize patience is an area God wants to work on in your life. Know that, because God wants you to be patient, He will help you become so.
It helps me when I carefully watch the patient people around me and then model my behavior after theirs. I need examples to show me how patient people act. I also have a plan I put into action when I find myself getting impatient. First, I stop and get control of myself.
Then, I apologize to the person and start over.
Here is a little reminder: Be patient with yourself as you are learning to be patient!
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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