Daily D – Proverbs 19:11
A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense. (ESV)
Sensible people control their temper;
they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (NLT)
Smart people know how to hold their tongue;
their grandeur is to forgive and forget. (MSG)
Patience, like self-control, is a gift we give ourselves. Patience saves us from ourselves. It prevents so many problems. It solves so many others.
Proverbs 16:32 says, “Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city.” The New Living Translation puts it this way: “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”
Having to exercise patience makes me remember one of my favorite all-purpose questions: What does this make possible? Waiting gives us space to breathe and relax. It gives us room to pray. It gives us time to think, “What if?” It gives the opportunity to consider alternatives.
Patience keeps a foot or two out of our mouths. Patience sinks roots deeper. Patience grows taller treetops. Patience provides peace. Patience reminds us of purpose.
Patience helps us see things from the other person’s perspective. Patience prevents us from wounding someone unnecessarily. Patience saves relationships. Patience strengthens friendships.
Patience empowers us to overlook offenses. Patience may well be our best defense against the dangers of emotional turmoil.
How do we exercise patience? Breathe deeply and slowly. Repeat at least three times. Pray when you prefer to speak. Listen when you prefer to rant. Relax when you prefer to fight.
Patience makes us hard to offend. Patience is the virtue that results in peace.
I will exercise patience until it becomes a defining strength in my life.
Our Father, before me today are ample opportunities to practice patience. Give me the strength to cool my jets, to calm my nerves, and to shut my mouth. Amen.
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Psalm 147:10, 11 He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; he does not value the power of a warrior. The LORD values those who fear him, those who put their hope in his faithful love.
Matthew 6:25, 33 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. (CSB)
Proverbs 17:27, 28 The one who has knowledge restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a person of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent — discerning, when he seals his lips. (CSB)