When we are patient, we place the needs of others before ourselves. We will do what is in the best interest of the other person. Patience responds in positive ways to negative situations. Instead of having a quick temper, patience makes us slow to anger. While anger creates additional problems that will have to be dealt with, being patient will stop problems in their tracks. Patient people will use self restraint to control their emotions instead of allowing their emotions to control them. They also will show discretion instead of returning evil for evil. Anger comes from unmet desires; is an emotional reaction that flows out of our own selfishness, foolishness, or evil motives. However, patience makes us wise. We learn to wait to see the whole picture before passing judgment.
Proverbs 14:29 “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15 “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another.”
CHALLENGE: Say nothing negative all day.
Ephesians 4:29 “When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need-whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you.”
Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”