A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly (Proverbs 14:29, NIV)
I struggle with lines—whether it’s traffic or waiting at a restaurant. I’d rather drive five miles out of the way than sit still in traffic. I get impatient with people when I’m facing a deadline and get interrupted, or when someone says he’ll do something and it doesn’t get done.
Where do you struggle with patience? Do you ever pray, Lord, give me some patience—now! Let me suggest a few practical ways to learn patience:
1. Take a breath and pray for self-control.
2. When people anger you, if possible, retreat for a moment. Take time to back off and get control of your emotions.
3. Confront fairly and seek to listen, understand, and, where needed, forgive.
4. Remember, the greatest motive for patience is remembering God’s patience with us.Patience is a precious commodity, for it’s a powerful way to win the respect of others and turn a potential enemy into a friend.
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