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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.