Daily D – Proverbs 19:11
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. (NIV)
Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. (MSG)
We, the Permanently and Perpetually Aggrieved (PPA), do hereby protest this verse. We demand that it be removed from the Bible. It is clearly opposed to reality as we see it and as we want it to be.
We have our right to be offended and therefore offensive in how we express our irritation. We choose to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime who disagrees with us. No slight is too small. We refuse to overlook anything. We will hold every person accountable for our irritability. Our discomfort is your fault.
We will not be nice. We will not be patient. We will not be kind. We will not overlook any wrong. We want what we want and we want it now.
Everything you do and offend us.
This is what watching television news and reading Newspapers of Record sounds like. When the history of this age is written, either the headline or the subheading will likely declare this time as The Age of Irritability.
Some people are attempting to turn anger and associated attitudes into art forms. Art is in the eye of the beholder. The Beholder, the One by whom we should all want to be held, has a different opinion. His wisdom leads to patience. His love is demonstrated through patience and kindness. If he got offended by every offensive thing we do, we would be in Big, Big Trouble.
His wisdom leads to calmer, quieter, more peaceful lives. His wisdom empowers people to connect and cooperate and to enjoy one another.
Life is way too short to be irritable all the time.
Life is so much better when we overlook offenses.
I will live a patient life disconnected from irritability.
Our Father, grow me in wisdom. Grow me in patience and kindness. Deliver me from irritability. Amen.
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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”